Crime and Punishment Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

Pulkheria Aleksandrovna - She is forty-three years old, but her face "still retains traces of her former beauty." When she meets Raskolnikov for the first time in three years, she is deeply concerned about him.

Dunechka - See Dunya Avdotya Romanovna

Alyona Ivanovna - In Raskolnikov's eyes she is a suspicious, miserly old woman who preys on unfortunate people who are forced to pawn their few possessions. Raskolnikov reasons that she is a "vile, harmful louse" who is no good to anyone and who only causes pain and suffering to others.

Katerina Ivanovna - She is "full of magnanimous emotions" but "hot-tempered and Irritable." The daughter of a military officer, she was a poor widow when she met husband, and since her marriage she has been reduced to total poverty. She has three children from her previous marriage.

Lizaveta Ivanovna - Raskolnikov kills her when she unexpectedly...

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