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Marmeladov's Monologue

by Rero37, September 03, 2012

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(Starting from Part 1, Page 12 of the last paragraph)

- Marmeladov's Monologue is a very important part of the story, simply because it helps set the pace for the rest of the story.

Raskolnikov had just come into a bar, regardless of how crowded it was, and the first person to talk to him is this drunk, strange man, named Marmeladov and he's the first person he's actually wanted to talk with in a long time. A drunkard is known to speak his mind and he began to give this long monologue about how he resembles a beast, how he 'lusts' after Katerina Ivanovna when she pulls his hair out of pity. He's also been using her money not to help the sick and hungry children they have but to drink beer and make his troubles even worse than they already are.

"I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink... I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!"

We immediately learn of his family, and of his daughter Sonia who seems to be the (young) woman of the house who tries to keep things on track as much as she can.
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When it's all said and done, and Raskolnikov leaves from Marmeladov's home later on, he leaves an unknown amount of money for their troubles, on their windowsill.

At least we can say that he has a 'heart' at this point in the story, which helps to understand how unstable his mind gets later on in the story in his taboo to kill Alena Ivanovna.


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