Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Character Analysis

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For most people, when reading a book that has to do with someone murdering two old women in cold blood, the thought of that character being the protagonist is certainly not what comes to mind. However, that is not the case when Rodion Raskolnikov is the subject of discussion. That may have to do with the complexity and split of character of Raskolnikov; for even his name “Raskol” is translated into “schism”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky explores his main character’s dual personality in several ways throughout the novel, making it an integral part, emphasizing on how Dostoyevsky managed to create a protagonist in which most readers sympathize with, whereas in almost all other novels, that particular character would be considered an antagonist, and that is certainly something that catches the eye of a reader. How can someone be a killer yet a compassionate person? Well, he is not by nature a bloodthirsty murderer; he actually has a soft heart and is tormented by the sight of human suffering, which he is unable and unwilling to get used to. "Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!" he mutters, but then directly embraces the opposing position: "And what if I 'm wrong … what if man is not really a scoundrel … then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it 's all as it should be." Stating that man cannot be a "scoundrel" because that is a moral category, and morality is simply "artificial terrors" imposed by religion and sheer
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