Examples Of Raskolnikov's Moral Ambiguity

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Raskolnikov shows his ambiguous morality with almost everything he does. Prior to murdering the pawnbroker and her sister, he thought he would be able to keep it together and stay calm. Right after, and even while committing the murder, he starts to become paranoid and restless. Throughout the novel, Raskolnikov goes through phases where he switches from being in a conscious state, into a state of unconsciousness. Raskolnikov is also a very forgetful person, but also tends to overthink things, which contrasts and could/does make him paranoid about his crimes and the thought of others finding out. He eventually becomes so paranoid, that with the addition of his own guilt, he finds himself about to confess to his crime, but also does not want …show more content…

There have also been multiple instances in which he has made impulsive decisions, but then starts to question himself. For example, when giving out money, Raskolnikov gives up money without a second thought, but then starts to question himself and even regret it. This is also seen with the murders. Raskolnikov was set on murdering the pawnbroker, but later starts to question his decisions and regrets it. These actions show his moral ambiguity, as he often starts to do something that fit within his own moral intentions, but ends up hurting more than helping. This can be seen when Raskolnikov was planning on leaving/abandoning his family. Raskolnikov’s morality said it was the right thing to do, but his family was hurt, especially since it came out of the blue and there was no explanation behind it. Even when planning to kill the pawnbroker, Raskolnikov’s ultimate goal was not to kill, but to take her money, for his own personal gain. While most would find this bad, Raskolnikov did not commit the crime to necessarily hurt someone, but to benefit himself, which shows he believes what he did was neither fully moral nor

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