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PostSubject: Scene #5   Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:45 pm

5. Discuss the scene in which Roskolnikov meets Sonya in her room and he asks her to read the story of Lazarus. What makes this scene so effective? What does Roskolnikov mean when he tells Sonya she is "necessary" to him?
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PostSubject: Re: Scene #5   Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:35 am

I believe that the story of Lazarus is considered the ultimate story of redemption, and new life. Having Sonia read him this story in conunction with him saying that he needs her, is a bit of foreshaddowing into the future chapters.
When Raskol is ready to confess, he needs Sonia to give him the strength to go to the police station, it is her look that sends him back in. In the epilogue we see that her strength and kindness, allows him to finally let go of some of his bitterness and love her in return, hopefully allowing them a future or 'new life'.
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