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In the novel Crime and Punishment, how is the pawnbroker's room similar to and...

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Posted August 22, 2007 at 9:20 AM via web

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In the novel Crime and Punishment, how is the pawnbroker's room similar to and different from Rodya's room?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 31, 2007 at 9:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Located upstairs in poor tenement buildings, both rooms are tiny,  have yellow wallpaper, and are furnished similarly, with a sofa and small table in front and a few chairs.  Rodya's room is arguably somewhat smaller.

There is a great difference between the ways the rooms present and are cared for.  The pawnbroker's exudes cleanliness, "both furniture and floors had been rubbed until they shone"    (Chapter 1).  When Rodya visits, the room is "brightly illuminated by the setting sun" (Chapter 1), and someone has attempted to make the room comfortable and inviting, adding geraniums, muslin curtains, and framed prints on the walls.

Rodya's room is discribed as being claustrophobic and dirty, with the "grimy...wallpaper everywhere coming off the walls" (Chapter 3).  The furniture is not in good condition, the sofa in rags, and the books on the table are covered in dust.

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