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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment


by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph). We used Constance Garnett's translation.

Quote #1

[…] and the drunken men whom he met continually, although it was a working day, completed the revolting misery of the picture. (1.1.6)

There are dozens of lines like this one to be found in Crime and Punishment. Raskolnikov does not like drunks and the first chapter, in particular, emphasizes this point.

Quote #2

[Raskolnikov] walked along the pavement like a drunken man, regardless of the passers-by, and jostling against them, and only came to his senses when he was in the next street. (1.1.45)

It's a good thing Raskolnikov isn't a drinker. It's also ironic that he acts like a drunk, considering how he feels about them.

Quote #3

[Marmeladov:] "I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!" (1.2.21)

Marmeladov is caught in a vicious cycle of suffering and alcoholism. He drinks because he suffers. The drinking pushes his family further into poverty. This makes him feel guilty, so he drinks more and wallows in his suffering. You can see where we are going with this.

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