Sony Character Development

1880 Words8 Pages

Children learn to be responsible for their actions, it is deemed a helpful and vital trait for the youth. Parents teach their children through love and kindness. But not all types of responsibilities come with love, some emerge out of hate or a loveless relationship. Many know of an obligation to yourself as well as friends and family. These traits help humans in becoming well-rounded citizens, but often burdens like these begin to feel like a weight dragging you away from the light of a productive life. In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, this is blatantly obvious in several of his characters. The ebbing and flowing of the characters’ relationships are assisted by love and loathing. This type of character development is very clear in Sonya, …show more content…

During the epilogue, after both he father and her stepmother die and Raskolnikov have confessed to the murder that he commits early in the book, Sonya takes on the natural role of Mother to the convicts at the camp. This was an example of self-enslavement as no one asked her to chain herself to this role. She almost seems to enjoy this because of her freedom from her earlier prison. “Their wives and mistresses knew her and visited her. And when she came to see Raskolnikov at work or met a party of convicts on the way to work, they would all take their hats off, they would all bow to her: ‘Little mother, Sofya Semyonovna, our tender, fond little mother’” (546). The convict 's appreciation of her taking care of them is Dostoevsky’s way of humanizing the murderers and money launderers that he spent so much time with. Sonya washed their clothes, wrote letters for them, and cooked their meals. By the end of the book, it seems that Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladova has found her place in the world. Sonya’s life is full of responsibility but she still manages to stay innocent. This idea is the sum of her character; Sweet but mature, young but with an old soul. Sonya’s story throughout crime and punishment has been one of enslavement to a form of captured freedom. While she is still able to move around freely in the beginning but is held down by responsibility, she transitions to able to do …show more content…

In the letter, his mother begins with the basics of their hometown life and then they go ahead to the more delicate topics such as Dunya’s new engagement and the harassment that she was receiving at Pyotr Petrovich’s hand. Pulcheria then proceeds to explain Dunechka’s embarrassing run-in with Pyotr Petrovich and his attempt to help him cheat on his wife. However, the true injustice of the situation was the money that Dunechka was willingly sending away to her brother when it seems that she so desperately needed it as well. “The greatest difficulty was that when Dunechka entered their home last year as a governess, she took a whole hundred roubles in advance… and therefore could not even leave her place without paying back the debt… and this sum she took mainly to send you sixty roubles of which you needed so much then and which you received from us last year” (31). Through the amount of money that Dunya had to sacrifice it becomes obvious that the focus of Dunya’s obligations is her mother and her brother. Although they do not always stay that

Open Document