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The physical image of crime

The physical image of crime as crossing over a barrier or a boundary is lost in translation, as is the religious implication of transgression. The dream occurs after Rodion crosses a bridge leading out of the oppressive heat and dust of Petersburg and into the fresh greenness of the islands. He even becomes fascinated with the majestic image of a Napoleonic personality who, in the interests of a higher social good, believes that he possesses a moral right to kill.

The dream is also a warning, foreshadowing an impending murder and holds several comparisons to his murder of the pawnbroker. Chernyshevsky's utilitarian ethic proposed that thought and will in Man were subject to the laws of physical science. Dostoevsky connects the city's problems to Raskolnikov's thoughts and subsequent actions. This narrative technique, which fuses the narrator very closely with the consciousness and point of view of the central characters, was original for its period.

The dream occurs after Rodion crosses

His reaction is pivotal, provoking his first taking of life toward the rationalization of himself as above greater society. For example, the great storm in Shakespeare's King Lear reflects the state of the titular character's mind, much like the chaos, disorder and noise of St. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. It is crowded, stifling, and parched.

He uses Raskolnikov's encounter with Marmeladov to contrast the heartlessness of Raskolnikov's convictions with a Christian approach to poverty and wretchedness. Therefore, in order for Raskolnikov to find redemption, he must ultimately renounce his theory. Marmeladov's disintegrating mind is reflected in her language.

Marmeladov's daughter, morally chaste and devout Sonya, must earn a living as a prostitute for their impoverished family, the result of his alcoholism. Dimitri Pisarev ridiculed the notion that Raskolnikov's ideas could be identified with those of the radicals of the time. The dream is later mentioned when Raskolnikov talks to Marmeladov. This symbolizes a corresponding mental crossing, suggesting that Raskolnikov is returning to a state of clarity when he has the dream. Petersburg reflects the state of Raskolnikov's mind.