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The effects of honesty by the protagonist in the outsider and the lack of it by the antagonist in crime and punishment (svidrigailov)?

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Rohan Bansal Word Count- 1107 The effects of honesty by the protagonist in the outsider and the lack of it by the antagonist in crime and punishment (svidrigailov)? "The outsider" set in the 1940s in the heat of Algiers is a novel written 80 years after "Crime and Punishment" and has some similarities in the protagonist of "the Outsider" and one of the antagonist from "Crime And Punishment". Meursault an honest man is sent to his death for murder and his brutal honesty in the courtroom. Svidrigailov on the other hand commits suicide after a life spanning many murders and many other crimes. Both characters meet their end even after following completely separate paths and leaves the reader thinking as to what difference lies in honesty or in deceitfulness. Truth is an underlying motif in "The Outsider" as Meursault is shown as being consistently honest and direct. Meursault is seen as being deathly honest who blatantly refuses to lie even when discussing matters in court or on love. Such as when asked by Marie on page 38 as to whether Meursault loves her to which he replies, " I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so." ...read more.


Svidrigailov's perverted side is on show in part 6 chapter 4 when he blatantly exclaims, "I like all children. I like them very much," laughed Svidriga�lov." This scoundrelly behaviour leaves the reader appalled and reveals his vulgar side. But whereas Luzhin only has an evil side to him svidrigailov alternates between extremes of cruelty and kindness with a mix of honesty. Unlike Meursault who is completely honest Svidrigailov isn't only leaning to one extreme but alternating between honest and deceitful. In part 6 Chapter 5 Svidrigailov tricks Dunia to come to his house and blackmails her into marrying him, revealing his selfish side and how he only thinks for himself. But after the third gunshot he suffers deeply and show that he might still be a good man from inside. The path of honesty and dishonesty are intertwined in the respected books in the sense that both characters meet their demise due to that fault. When meursault is arrested he is asked if he has a lawyer and his response to that is rather telling, " I confessed that I hadn't and inquired as to whether it was absolutely necessary to have one. ...read more.


He only comes into the book in the 4th part and suicide's in the 6th part but he proves to Raskolnikov that the superhuman theory of his unreal and changes his ways in a last attempt to come to terms with what he has done. Meursault on the other hand is sentenced to death partially for his murder but also because of unwillingness to say nothing but the truth. It is interesting to note even though svidrigailov is one of the villains he dies with dignity and his life becomes a meaning when he decides to help a family by giving that 10,000 roubles as his final act. Meursault also reaches some sort of a conclusion and comes to terms with life and is at peace. It is interesting to not that Svidrigailov kills himself of his own accord and he is the deceitful one and the antagonist of the book. Whereas Meursault despair's first at the death sentence and takes some time to finally realise what he faces. In conclusion both the characters are killed due to different reasons but hence indicate that you be truthful about your deed it or try ignoring it for a certain point, but whatever your do you will repay in kind. ...read more.

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