In just the first page of Crime and Punishment I read that Raskolnikov is avoiding meeting his landlady, and I think to myself, “Uh, oh. This is a character who has no money and is sneaking around to avoid paying his rent.” I dislike him.
In just the first page of Crime and Punishment I read that Raskolnikov’s lack of finances makes him feel ashamed. I feel pity for him, and he’s back in my favor.
In just the first page of Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov talks about his being so self-absorbed that nothing his landlady (or any other person) could say to him would elicit his concern. My disapproval returns.
Is this how it’s going to be, Dostoevsky? Are you going to play with my feelings about your main character throughout the entire novel?
Fellow readers, what are your impressions of Raskolnikov?