He appears to loathe human nature, and sees human struggles as pitiful and repugnant.Though he displays rare generosity and pity towards certain individuals throughout the story, he does so from an alienated and derisive stance.
Therefore, he falls a victim of what he has been struggling to distance himself from; his own emotions.
Initially, his failure to establish himself in the same category as Napoleon shatters his confidence, and he seems completely resigned from his life.
Dostoevsky manages to provide the reader with a very well rounded portrayal of the complex psychological and mental state of the criminal’s mind, by taking us through his actions, his interactions with other people and his inner monologues and rants during his frantic walks in the streets of St Petersburg.
From the way I construed the novel, the main struggle that Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov—the protagonist—faces, is his rebuttal to relate to people.
At first, Rodia is argumentative, mocking Sonya’s childlike faith. ' Raskalnikov thinks to, but yet Rodia is still drawn to Sonya’s strength.
At last, Raskalnikov begins to realize that he is not alone, and it is because of this realization that the great sinner began to confess to Sonya. ' Sonya tells Raskalnikov to bow down at a crossroads, kiss the earth that Rodia had offended and say aloud '‘I have killed!
Raskalnikov remains a slave to guilt, and it is only through repentance that the chains will be loosed and Sonya in all aspect help Rodia through confession and finally feeling free from guilt that was in him for so long.
One day she would smother me with kisses and hugs, and the next day she would assail me with utter condemnation.
After getting to know the main character, it appears to me, that the real reason behind his violent crime is to verify that he belongs to the “extraordinary” category.
If he manages to stay composed and avoid punishment for his crime, it will suggest that the standard laws do not apply to him, and thus, he is of the “extraordinary” kind.