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livestoread | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2008 at 2:05 AM via web

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In "Crime and Punishment" the main character has weird sleeping patterns. What exactly is the significance of sleep in the story?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 1, 2008 at 4:55 AM (Answer #1)

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Sleep is an important device in "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. The most important theme in the novel is guilt, and how it effects the human conscience. Raskolnikov's lack of sleep is one way for Dostoyevsky to show the impact of guilt. Raskolnikov becomes physically ill because of his guilt. Sleep becomes a way to escape the consciousness of Rodya's physical and mental anguish.

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