I really don’t know what to think of Raskolnikov (or Rodya, or Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov, or as I like to nickname him, “Rascal.”) What a waffler! He seems to have initial impulses and thoughts that are, for the most part honorable, but then his second thoughts, or his actual actions are negative. Sometimes he seems to almost force himself into bad patterns, both mentally and physically. What’s going on?
I felt an almost physical pat on the back to know that Razumihin agrees with me. He quotes in Part III, Chapter 2, “…it’s as though he were alternating between two characters…” Thanks, Razi – it’s good to know I’m not alone in questioning Rascal. How about you, readers? Are you often wondering which Rascal will show up next?
Perhaps there is a turning point at the end of Part II. Rascal has the following quote after Marmeledov is killed:
Life is real! Haven’t I lived just now? My life has not yet died…Now for the reign of reason and light..and of will and of strength…and now we will see! We will try out strength!…Strength, strength is what one wants, you can get nothing without it, and strength must be won by strength – that’s what they don’t know.
So now Rascal thinks he will be strong and decisive. Wonder what that will accomplish for him? We will see. Personally, I’m still expecting the waffling.