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Crime and Punishment: Marmeladov

Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, has a wide range of characters that interweave between each other to allow this novel to bring up many different issues that the main character, Raskolnikov faces. Marmeledov is thefirst person who Raskolnikov converse with in a month; the narrator portrays Marmeleldov as a drunk who drowns in his own sorrows. Marmeledov's actions show us of what might have happened to Raskolnikov if he hadn't meet Sonia, and if Sonia hadn't introduced Raskolnikov to the Bible. Specific techniques that the narrator used to portray Marmeladov drunken character are imagery, characterization, and point of view.
Marmeladov's poverty was obvious and his frequent visits to the tavern were noted by the people surrounding him. The jacket Marmeladov wore in the tavern had only one button left on it, and he had buttoned the last button to cling to his last trace of respectability. And that the fact is that he had slept on the Neva, for five nights. "Well I've just come from one and it's the fifth night I've slept so…" Marmeladov problems in his family are the cause of him running away. He is afraid to go home without any money because of his wife, and he fears the state of poverty he and his family are in. We can see that Marmeladov is trying to run away from his problems, by drinking them away. By drinking he feels or is trying to stall the whole state and situation he is in. He doesn't want to face his reality. He seems like a person with real life experiences, and when he is drunk he likes to express his feels in his greatest emotional state. That's when he feels that someone will listen, someone will give a dam, but he also realizes that everyone had their own problems to deal with and doesn't want to listen to him.
When Marmeladov's talks about his life experiences to Raskolnikov, this helps Raskolnikov pave the way he feels about

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