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Once the financial patron of Raskolnikov's sister, Dunya, Svidrigailov follows her to St. Petersburg, encountering Raskolnikov in the process and attempting to. Svidrigailov's virtual monologue: His relationship with Marfa Petrovna. The chasteness of Dunya “She is chaste, possibly, to the point of .. “A silly poem by a silly student who never wrote two lines of poetry in his life. When the reader first encounters Svidrigailov, it is in a letter to Raskolnikov from his mother. She writes about Dunya, his sister, and how Svidrigailov attempted.
He fails for the very different reason that he is not strong enough to cease to be an Outsider. Belknap Love and Violence Psychology in Dostoevskii is often linked with that special quality the Russians call dostoevshchina. They are the stock in trade for the most popular prose writers of the nineteenth century, Hoffmann, Dickens, Hugo, Sue, and all the Gothic and sensationalist novelists of that period."Pronouns," by Dunya Mikhail
Certain patterns, however, are genuinely peculiar to Dostoevskii and deserve more psychological attention than they have received. Let us consider violence, for example. Curiously, however, all of this violence does not include a single good fight.
With the exception of the completely abstract slaughter in the final dream, every one of these attacks is a beating. As his journalistic career shows, Dostoevskii was good at mutual hostility. The number of two-sided contests at the verbal level in his works is at least equal to the number of beatings on the physical level.
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Raskolnikov insults Razumikhin, Porfirii and the explosive lieutenant at the police station, and all of them give as good as they get. Luzhin and Svidrigailov respond to his insults with greater restraint or irony, but certainly could never be called compliant like Lizaveta or Marmeladov.
In this novel, and in general in Dostoevskii, if violence is reciprocal, it is not physical; and if it is physical, it is not reciprocal. The reverse of these statements does not hold true. If an assault is not physical, it may or may not be reciprocated: If an assault is not reciprocated, it may or may not be physical: Marmeladov welcomes verbal as well as physical assaults.
Readers often remark how few happily married husbands and wives there are in Dostoevskii, although he himself was a devoted and loving family man…This absence of happy marriages might be ascribed to a novelistic tradition which marries characters off only at the end of the book after a series of impediments and travails that constitute the plot of the novel.
In Dostoevskii, however, there is virtually no good clean sex outside of marriage either, and the novelistic tradition of his day certainly accepted that. It is hard to find happy marriages or mutually fulfilling sex in any of his works. But this limitation does not come from any Dostoevskian hostility to marriage or love.
There are many definitions of depravity, but for the purposes of this study, I should like to define it as consummated but unreciprocated desire.
He lives for a single purpose — himself — and seems immune to moral responsibility.
He is superficially suave and polite. As Raskolnikov tells him, I fancy indeed that you are a man of very good breeding, or at least know on occasion how to behave like one. He is calm and rarely loses his temper, but his composure often hides plotting and conniving. He has committed several murders over the space of many years.
But in accordance with the idea that the extraordinary man would merit no temporal or mental punishment, he is completely remorseless. Moreover, he is above human law, because the nature of his crimes is such that they can never be proven.
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The better side of his character makes it impossible for him to escape this guilt; however, the only conclusion he will admit is that he is not an extraordinary man. But then Svidrigailov introduces himself to Raskolnikov, insisting from the opening moments of their conversation that he and the younger man are unnervingly alike, despite the fact that Raskolnikov is as outwardly brash, rude, and quick tempered as Svidrigailov is cool, polite, and calm.
Raskolnikov at least has a noble purpose at heart; or so he protests at first. However, the idea that he, Raskolnikov, is somehow more just than this other murderer disappears quickly when Rodion realizes the truth which the reader has perhaps seen all along. Despite the differences in outward personality, Raskolnikov is indeed becoming similar to Svidrigailov, the extraordinary man. They seem worse perhaps, because they seem more selfish.
But is that appearance true?