By placing the possibility of confession before Raskolnikov, he provides him with a method of resolving his unhappiness and thus appeals to his human side.
Raskolnikov follows Svidrigailov into the street, worried that he might still be a threat to Dunya despite his engagement. Chapter IV Svidrigailov proceeds to tell Raskolnikov at length about his relationship with Marfa Petrovna, who allowed him to be unfaithful to her, and his attraction to Dunya.
He suspects that Raskolnikov is mentally ill. Raskolnikov denies the accusation, but Petrovich repeats the charge with confidence. In horror, she runs to the door, only to discover that Svidrigailov has locked it.
One day, Razumikhin comes to visit him in his room. Even after Raskolnikov has confessed, she is unwilling to admit to herself that her son is a murderer.
Raskolnikov is ill throughout the novel, overwhelmed by his feelings of alienation and self-loathing. Thinking Svidrigailov a worthless and depraved man, Raskolnikov gets up to leave.
He also mentions that Porfiry Petrovich apparently believes that the painter, Nikolai, is guilty of the murders. He dares her to fire, and she does, twice, but manages only to graze his temple. She is the only person with whom Raskolnikov shares a meaningful relationship.
He has not arrested Raskolnikov, he says, because he has not gathered enough evidence. She is very proud and repeatedly declares her aristocratic heritage. She is meek and easily embarrassed, but she maintains a strong religious faith. The death of his wife, Marfa Petrovna, has made him generous, but he is generally a threatening presence to both Dunya and Raskolnikov.
A former student, Raskolnikov is now destitute, living in a cramped garret at the top of an apartment building.
Luzhin is stingy, narrow-minded, and self-absorbed. Raskolnikov decides not to follow Svidrigailov after Svidrigailov boards a carriage for a distant part of the city.This is Dostoyevski at his best - at least as far as this reader is concerned.
This is a ‘complex’ story (in many respects) certainly with respect to the storyline: and, in the ‘typical’ Russian style, full of boiling emotion, honor, degradation and mystery.
A summary of Part VI: Chapters I–V in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Crime and Punishment and what it means.
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Dmitri Prokofych Razumikhin - Raskolnikov’s friend.A poor ex-student, he responds to his poverty not by taking from others but by working even harder. Razumikhin is Raskolnikov’s foil, illustrating through his kindness and amicability the extent to which Raskolnikov has alienated himself from society.Download