SparkNotes: Crime and Punishment

Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment and the Master in The Master and Margarita can not cope and fall apart, whereas Sonya in Crime and Punishment and Margarita in The Master and Margarita, not only cope but pull the men out of their suffering.

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Chapter Five:“But the poor boy, beside himself, made his way, screaming, throughthe crowd to the sorrel nag, put his arms round her bleeding head and kissedit, kissed the eyes and kissed the lips .”Raskolnikov decides to delay his visit to Razhumikin until after hisfinishes the murder. He has a dream about his childhood. Inthe dream, he is seven years old and is going with his father to visithis mother’s grave. They encounter a mob of drunken peasants surroundinga wagon filled with people. The old horse hitched in front of thewagon is unable to pull it and is being beaten by its owner. Theman whips the horse in the eyes and bludgeons it with a crowbar, killingit. Raskolnikov thinks this is a sign about his plan to murder AlyonaIvanovna. He prays for the dream to be renounced and feels free fromit. He continues to plan the murder, finding out when Lizaveta Ivanovna,Alyona Ivanovna’s sister, will be out of the apartment, leaving the pawnbrokeralone.


SparkNotes: Crime and Punishment: Key Facts

Crime and Punishment.

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is the story of a group of people caught beneath the wheel and their different reactions to their predicament....