Study Guide

Crime and Punishment Characters

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov

Raskolnikov really loves people. Raskolnikov really hates people. Raskolnikov has a love/hate...

Sonia (Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladov)

No, Sonia's last name has nothing to do with the delicious citrus jam that you spread on English...

Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigaïlov

Svidrigaïlov is, arguably, the biggest bad guy in the book. How bad? Well, he makes...

Dounia (Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikov)

Dounia is strong and steady, young and beautiful, intelligent and educated. But, because this is...

Dmitri Prokofitch Razumihin

Razumihin is charming, sweet, loving, and forgiving. Responsible for much of the comic relief in...

Porfiry Petrovitch

Porfiry is the attorney investigating the murders of Alyona and Lizaveta...but he's also a bit of...

Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin

Luzhin is a 10 out of 10 on the villain scale. We're even going to go ahead and say that he's...

Alyona Ivanovna

Alyona is the pawnbroker Raskolnikov murders...and probably a major reason that you don't hear...

Lizaveta Ivanovna

Lizaveta is the woman Raskolnikov didn't intend to kill...which is only slightly better,...

Semyon Zaharovitch Marmeladov

Marmeladov is the kind of character that appears most often in after-school specials. He's a...

Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov

Katerina lives in the past. But, hey, we would, too, if we were married to Marmeladov.As far as...

Pulcheria Alexandrovna

Pulcheria is Raskolnikov and Dounia's mom. She loves her baby (oh dang: do you think she calls...

Marfa Petrovna Svidrigaïlov

Is Marfa a victim? Or a victimizer? Or both? Dang you, Dostoevsky, for making things so...

Nikolay Dementyev

Nikolay is one of the men who is painting in the building when Raskolnikov kills the two women....

Zametov

Zametov is actually the first policeman to whom Raskolnikov confesses. Of course, Raskolnikov...

Ilya Petrovitch

Ilya has the second-to-last word in the novel, pre-epilogue. "Drink some water," he says. We know...

Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov

When we first hear about Andrey Semyonovitch, we think he's a bad guy. Marmeladov tells...

Nastasya Petrovna

She is a cook and servant in Raskolnikov's building. She's very kind to Raskolnikov and makes...

Nikodim Fomitch

He's the superintendent of the district, and other than having some great lines—including...

Praskovya Pavlovna

She is Raskolnikov's landlady and mother of his ex-fiancée. Razumihin has a brief affair...

Natalya Yegorovna

Described as ugly, odd, and sickly, Natalya was engaged to Raskolnikov...but then died.Hmm. Death...

Zossimov

Zossimov is a doctor who takes care of Raskolnikov when he's sick. (Thanks, doc!) He seems to...

Polenka, Lida, Kolya

These are Katerina's children from a previous marriage. At the end of the novel, these orphans...

Philip

He is the servant Svidrigaïlov drove to suicide. Nice guy, that Svidrigaïlov.