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Crime and Punishment

            A Look Into Insanity After the Ultimate Opposite.
             The classic struggle between good verses evil, sane verses insane, and moral verses immoral are all strong themes in many acclaimed literary pieces, but how can one judge sane if he or she doesn’t see insane. In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment two characters are often together due to their friendship but have huge, contrasting personalities. Dostoevsky created Raskolnikov’s opposite Razhumin not only so the reader can compare sanity and insanity, but also to show their differences through their ability to show caring emotions, rationalism, and work values. Raskolnikov’s image could be quite differently perceived if there wasn’t a character in the book that proved to be the opposite of him. Readers even sometimes look at Razhumin as their ideal, and then judge Raskolnikov accordingly after that. .
             The very minute that Raskolnikov encountered his friend for the first time after a long parting Razhumin embraced him with an incredible amount of care and compassion. It was right after the murders and Raskolnikov was proving to be quite an ill man. Razhumin took it upon himself as a friend to aid his comrade in his own time of need. He made sure a doctor saw him, he made sure he got back to his apartment, and he made sure to visit frequently. All of those things were done after Raskolnikov (in the past) had been less of a friend to him. Even after countless numbers of times that Raskolnikov pushed him away, not even thanking Razhumin for his kindness, and secluding himself from all friends and acquaintances, Razhumin was still very caring. He took it upon himself to take care of Rodya’s family since he decided to remove himself completely from the rest of the world. Also, Razhumin’s morality really proves him to be caring when he refuses to say things just to make Raskolnikov feel better.