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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Religion Quotes

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Quote #4

"And... and do you believe in God? Excuse my curiosity."

"I do," repeated Raskolnikov, raising his eyes to Porfiry. (3.5.104-5)

This is part of the reason we question Raskolnikov's "religious conversion" at the end of then novel. He claims he was already religious. He also tells Porfiry he believes in the story of Lazarus "literally." Even though he doesn't think God can or will solve any problems for him, there is much proof that he has many religious experiments way before the ending.

Quote #5

[Sonia, reading:] "And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

"And he that was dead came forth." (4.4.184)

Lazarus is almost as important to Raskolnikov as Napoleon is. It gets pretty bizarre. If he can be a Lazarus, he can be re-animated, awakened from the death of his life.

Quote #6

He knelt down in the middle of the square, bowed down to the earth, and kissed that filthy earth with bliss and rapture. (6.8.27)

This is another pre-Epilogue moment of religious experience for Raskolnikov. According to Sonia's instructions, he's supposed to tell everybody he's a murder after he bows down. But he can't, because the heckling begins as soon as his knees touch the ground.

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