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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Violence Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

She was a complete slave and went in fear and trembling of her sister, who made her work day and night, and even beat her. (1.5.65)

This is what Raskolnikov overhears the other student saying in the bar about Lizaveta and the pawnbroker. Man, it seems like there are lots of beatings being administered in this novel. This passage is pretty effective in arousing our sympathy for Lizaveta, and our disgust for the pawnbroker. It makes us take Lizaveta's death much harder than we would have if we hadn't known of the abuse.

Quote #5

Then [Raskolnikov] dealt her [Alyona] another and another blow with the blunt side and on the same spot. The blood gushed as from an overturned glass, the body fell back. (1.7.22)

An incredibly graphic moment. Dostoevsky's word choice is interesting here too. He compares the body to a "glass." This speaks to Raskolnikov's vision of here as a mere object, rather than a human being.

Quote #6

[…] she was beseeching, no doubt, not to be beaten, for she was being mercilessly beaten on the stairs. (2.3.51)

What a creepy moment. We knew Ilya was "explosive," but why would he beat Raskolnikov's landlady? Is it because of the story Raskolnikov told him at the police station? Did Raskolnikov somehow cause this? Well, only in his dreams. It never happens, but it sure seems real when we read it.

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