The author of the book Crime and Punishment made sure to incorporate more than enough literary elements within the story. In this part of the book, Raskolnikov has woken up from his "coma" and is being told everything that has occurred while he was passed out. After a while, a man appears in the doorway. This man turns out to be Peter Petrovich, called Luzhin in the book, who is Raskolnikov's sister's fiancee. While luzhin is there, he puts on a display and tries to impress the others with how 'intelligent' he is. This results in Raskolnikov and Razumikhin treating him coldly. After a disagreement with Raskolnikov, Luzhin leaves his flat. At this time, Raskolnikov asks everyone to leave out of frustration. When everyone left the flat, Raskolnikov hurriedly got dressed and slipped out of the building to go for a walk. Raskolnikov wandered around aimlessly, until he found himself at the house that Alena and Lizaveta Ivavovna lived in. He went inside to their flat, to find two men in there painting. While Raskolnikov was in the flat, he began to ask questions about what happened and why there isn't anymore blood. The painters start to get suspicious and agitated, and soon tell him to get out. However, Raskolnikov insists that they go to the police about it. In this part, dramatic irony is displayed with the quote "But suppose him to have been inexperienced, and it emerges that it was nothing but chance that saved him from disaster...". This is because someone standing nearby said this near Raskolnikov, without realizing that they were right by the murderer.
    Raskolnikov ends up leaving the Ivavovna's old house, and begins to walk down the street, when he suddenly sees a crowd of people gathered around a horse carriage. Raskolnikov pushes his way through the crowd to see what was going on. Lying on the ground, near the horse's feet, was a man dripping in blood. Raskolnikov recognized him as Marmeladov, the man he met at a bar a while back. Without haste, Raskolnikov tells the police who he is, where he lives, how he knows him, and offers to pay for a doctor. Soon enough, they arrive back at Marmeladov's flat, where they lay him on a couch. After he does his confessions and sees his daughter for the last time, he died. His wife, now widowed twice, exclaimed "Thank God he is dying! Our loss will be less!", which is verbally ironic since it is usually a sad thing when somebody dies.
    The dream that Raskolnikov had earlier about the man beating his horse until it died definately foreshadowed this event. Although the dream was about the drunk owner of a horse beating it mercilessly until it died, Marmeladov was trampled and killed by a horse while he was drunk. After Raskolnikov had this dream, part of him felt like it would come true. His dream practically came true, except it was twisted around opposite of what he dreamed.
    After watching Marmeladov die, Raskolnikov hands his widow money that was sent to him by his mother. He gave her the money to pay for the funeral. Shortly after doing this, Raskolnikov leaves to go to his friend Razumikhin's house-warming party. When Raskolnikov gets there, Razumikhin is drunk and cursing the people in his house. Raskolnikov begins to feel faint and Razumikhin walks Raskolnikov home. On the way home, Razumikhin tells Raskolnikov about how Zosimov feels like Raskolnikov is going mad. Raskolnikov also tells Razumikhin about where he'd just been. In this part of the text, the phrase 'flame-coloured feather' really stood out to me. This is because he was referring to Marmelodov's daughter, who ran up and kissed Raskolnikov and thanked him for his kind gesture. After this, Raskolnikov felt very alive and excited. This 'flame-coloured feather' could be the feather of a phoenix. Although Marmeladov has just died, something has just come alive within Raskolnikov.

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    Feodor Dostoevsky

    Feodor Dostoevsky is the author of the book Crime and Punishment, which was written in 1866. He is from Moscow, Russia, and died in St. Petesburg. Dostoevsky was born November 11, 1821, and died February 9, 1881. This is when and where the book takes place.


    January 2013