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English Seminair Redemption y y Introduction o Hook Character o Raskolnikov  Can be seen as the most redeemed character in the novel

y His pride and intellectualism leads him to separate himself from humanity and have a severe Napoleon/ Superman complex which results in Raskolnikov committing murder for the utilitarian good y Eventually the corny power of love archetype is displayed through Crime and Punishment as Raskolnikov s love for Sonia is surprisingly the sole force in his redemption y In the epilogue of the novel, Raskolnikov completes his transgression into a new person described as o Svidrgailodov  Can be seen as one of the enigmatic characters in terms of redemption y Svidrgailodov is very far from a saint, however we witness Svidrgailodov perform many saint worthy deeds o Provides money to the family of his fiance y Is his suicide an act of defeat that he cannot be redeemed? o Raises the question if there are individuals not able to redeem themselves o Sonia  Can be seen as the Christ figure y Redeems several characters of the book y Ironically she is a prostitute, which makes her a sinner, however she is one of the most pure individuals in the novel y Sonya is the redemptive figure for Raskolnikov's humane aspect of
his personality. Through her suffering, she makes him realize the importance of a love for humanity, that a human being cannot be "a louse" or a parasite sucking the life from other human beings. But it should be emphasized that Sonya does not accomplish her purpose by overt action. She is the passive figure whose simple presence is enough to inspire Raskolnikov's actions. y Tells Raskolnikov to take up the cross "the suffering of all humanity." Unlike probably the majority of the sane people in the world, Sonia is not frightened by the mass of insanity that is Raskolnikov and his crimes, instead she displays an infinite capacity for understanding y

 

Expresses the importance of religious and faith for redemption

Ultimately, Sonia redeems Raskolnikov which can be seen as religion redeeming Raskolnikov as Sonia is more or less a Christ figure

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Marmeladov  Realizes what he has done  Is basically a scapegoat  Basically drove his daughter, Sonia into prostitution y "I ought to be crucified, crucified on a cross []! Crucify me, oh judge, crucify me []." (1.2.36) y Suffering shows that he is not beyond redemption Significance of title Tone o Often very chaotic  Hard to tell if Raskolnikov is speaking to someone or his inner dialogue y Could represent the psychological journey to redemption Central Irony Context Religious Imagery o Cross o One of the most prominent symbols of redemption is the cross that Sonia gives to Raskolnikov before he goes to confess o Symbolizes Raskolnikov s transgression to humanity and journey to atoning for his

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sins o Ironically this is the murdered Lizaveta's cross.


 Symbolizes Jesus self-sacrifice for the sins of humanity o Christ figures  Sonia, y Significance? o Scape goat  Marmeladov Modern relevance o The most notable theme of crime and punishment, redemption, continues to raise questions that are relevant in the modern world  Does Raskolnikov ultimately atone for his sins and redeem himself? y This question that continues to be of much controversy in the novel, evokes the matter of whether all individuals who commit horrific crimes are able to make amends and have a second chance through redemption

Throughout almost the entire part of the novel, Raskolnikov is not imprisoned whatsoever by the law, instead his guilt eats away at him and drives him to the brink of insanity. It can be predicted after the epilogue that Raskolnikov is on the road to redemption y This raises the modern controversy and question if forcing criminals into jail and releasing them upon a set time really redeem them? Or is redemption only limited to certain deeply flawed individuals?

o Conclusion