Analysis of a Female Character in Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” Introduction Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” is not only a classic story of a man’s torment and personal suffering because of his committing of a murder, but also a presentation of an interesting cast of characters whose personalities, goals, dreams and intentions provide a perspective that creates a sense of unique interaction that each character has with the protagonist, Raskolnikov Romanovich Raskolnikov. This paper will examine one of the key female characters in the novel, Sonya Semenovna, and look at her personality characteristics, life circumstances, ambitions and how she influences other characters, particularly the main character, Rodion Romanovich...The end:
.....making his own life better. Dostoyevsky seems to be making the statement that women are the ultimate leaders in morality and men are ultimately the weaker gender, although this does not appear to be true at first. Conclusion Sonya is a clear example of a character driven by morality, religious conviction, devotion to God and doing the right thing under God’s name. This is what drives Sonya’s character and while she is presented as a weak, timid character in the beginning, she gradually finds some strength and knowledge of her own influence on others, which drives the end of the novel to Raskolnikov confession and conviction. Reference Dostoyevsky, F. (2008). Crime and Punishment (Oxford World Classics). Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA.