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Themes of Crime and Punishment

Summary: Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" is primarily a book about suffering. The characters' views on suffering go from revulsion and denial, especially in Raskolnikov's case, to acceptance of it, as with Sonya. Only through suffering can the characters in the novel transcend their poor conditions. Only through suffering can Raskolnikov gain religious redemption he so desperately seeks by the end of his story.
In the novel "Crime and Punishment" the theme of suffering surfaces time and

time again. Some forms of suffering may not be as visible as others, but in some way,

every single character experiences it, and goes through major sacrifices to improve their

condition.

The Marmelodov family can probably account for half of the suffering that goes

on in the novel. Marmelodov is an alcoholic who uses what little money the family has to

go on drinking binges, which results in the suffering of the entire family. His ill wife

must raise three small children in poverty, while their older daughter Sonya has decided

to go into prostitution to support the family. Things become even worse when

Marmelodov is run over by a carriage and killed, in plain sight of Sonya and her younger

siblings. The trauma of losing a father in a bloody accident...

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