Saturday, April 11, 2015

Literary Terms in Crime and Punishment

What means does the author use to reveal character?
The author reveals the characters in a variety of ways. Some of the more prominent I would say are:
~Character’s thoughts and conversations within him/herself
~Dialogue between characters
~Direct descriptions of characters and their histories

Are the characters sufficiently dramatized?
I am not sure exactly what “dramatized” refers to here. But, I definitely think the characters are sufficiently dramatized. Everything they say is in dramatic terms; their circumstances are dramatic; and even their ideas are contrastingly dramatic.

What use is made of character contrasts?
Character contrasts do play a role in Crime and Punishment. For example there is the contrast between Raz. and Luzhin, Raz. and R., Sonia and R., Sonia and Katerina....et cetera.

Are the characters consistent in their actions?

For the most part, yes. The main character Raskolnikov goes throught the most drastic mood swings of all the characters.

Adequately motivated?
Haha... it depends on who you are asking. The characters definitely think that their actions have adequate motivation, but from a biblical perspective the characters often act on wrong motivations.

Plausible?
Does this question mean their are actions plausible in real life? If so, my answer is yes, and no. Some actions, such as a poor family's father getting drunk and daughter going into prostitution to provide for the family is quite plausible and sadly does happen in real life. Other events such as and inexperienced murderer, the main character, murdering two women with an axe and getting away with it for a while is less plausible.

Does the author successfully avoid stock characters?
Yes, I think he does a good job of avoiding stock characters. While each character holds prominent features also found in characters in previous literature, they are not yoru typical heroes and villains.

Are foil characters present?
Hmmm. I am not sure. Perhaps Sonia and Raskolnikov?