In Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, characters are identified villainous by the actions that they take. However, this doesn’t apply to all characters in the book. For example, Svidrigailov can easily be the most corrupt character because of the things he did in the past, but he is also the most sympathetic. Svidrigailov realizes all of the mistakes he made and he decides to redeem himself. He gives Sonia and her siblings a place to stay and lends a helping hand to Raskolnikov. Svidrigailov is portrayed as immoral and untrustworthy. These are some of the reasons why nobody trusts him and he is vilified throughout the whole book, but he is actually a good person.
Svidrigailov hopes to atone for his past by doing good deeds. Giving Sonia and her siblings a place to stay is one of the first things that Svidrigailov does in the story. He realizes that they were in trouble and he helps them without expecting any other favors in return. This shows that Svidrigailov isn’t as bad as people perceive him to be because Sonia trusts him. She knows that her brothers and sisters will be safe in Svidrigailov’s hands and he won’t put them in harm’s way. By having Sonia’s trust, Svidrigailov is no longer labeled as an untrustworthy person. Svidrigailov could have turned Raskolnikow in, but he tries to lend a helping hand to Raskolnikov by telling him to turn himself in. He doesn’t want Raskolikov to have the same fate as him and end up not being able to pay for the crimes that were committed. He knows that Raskolnikov can still be saved and he tries to get Raskolikov to stop thinking that he’s above the law.
Svidrigailov ends up being one of the people that saves Raskolinokov from his guilty conscience. In the end, it is clear there was nothing Svidrigailov could do to redeem himself. Svidrigailov ends up killing himself because he realizes that he is hopeless and he doesn’t want to live a tormented life anymore. Svidrigailov lived a life similar to Raskolnikov,...
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