Rodion Raskolnikov, fictional character who is the protagonist of the novel Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
“To be sure,” answered Raskolnikov.
Raskolnikov remained standing, gazing after him.
Raskolnikov still gazed wildly with strained attention.
Not recognising Raskolnikov, he began looking round uneasily.
Zametov’s unexpected presence struck Raskolnikov unpleasantly.
A young man with a head crammed full of ideas, Raskolnikov needed “air.”
He noted that Raskolnikov seemed unbound by the rules that bound others.
As soon as the tin bell tinkled, Raskolnikov seemed to be aware of something moving in the room.
Raskolnikov took the German sheets in silence, took the three roubles and without a word went out.
Raskolnikov said all this in a lazy, dreamy voice, not turning round, but looking intently into the darkening street.
But during the crime itself Raskolnikov falls into an abstracted near-trance and does one stupid thing after another.
Raskolnikov himself lay without speaking, on his back, gazing persistently, though without understanding, at the stranger.
Nabokov also situates Lolita’s death in Alaska—which is a hop, skip, and a jump from Siberia, where Raskolnikov served his sentence.
As far as Raskolnikov could make out from his stolen glances, he was a man no longer young, stout, with a full, fair, almost whitish beard.
Nevertheless, Raskolnikov, despite his denial of morality, sympathizes with the unfortunate and so wants to kill the pawnbroker just because she is…
In the days after the crime, Raskolnikov vacillates between exhilaration and fits of guilty behavior, spilling his soul in dreams and hallucinations.
Then he looked towards Raskolnikov, who was standing in the corner, staring wildly at Nikolay and moved towards him, but stopped short, looked from Nikolay to Raskolnikov and then again at Nikolay, and seeming unable to restrain himself darted at the latter.
- a fictional character in Dostoevsky's novel `Crime and Punishment'; he kills old women because he believes he is beyond the bounds of good or evil
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