Analysis of the novel "Crime and Punishment", quotes and description of characters

The main characters from "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky: the full list of characters with discription

The novel "Crime and Punishment" is famous, amoung other things, for its variety of characters.

Of course, the main characters in the novel are Raskolnikov and Sonia Marmeladov

But Dostoevsky created such remarkable characters as Svidrigailov, Luzhin, Mr. Marmeladov, Razumihin, Katerina Ivanovna, Zossimov and others. 

In the table below you will find the full list of characters from the novel "Crime and Punishment" of Dostoevsky. (starting with the most important characters.)

Character’s name
The role in the novel

(Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov)
Ex-student who kills old pawnbroker and her sister.
(Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladov)
Raskolnikov’s friend, a young girl who turned into a prostitute to maintain her family.
Old pawnbroker

(Alyona Ivanovna)
An old woman who lends money to Raskolnikov and other poor people. She becomes Raskolnikov’s victim eventually.
Mr. Marmeladov

(Semyon Zaharovitch Marmeladov)
A drunkard discharged clerk, Raskolnikov’s friend and Sonia’s father.

(Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikova)
Raskolnikov’s younger sister. Smart, kind but poor girl.
Mr. Luzhin

(Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin)
A greedy and lawyer who proposes to Dounia, Raskolnikov’s sister.

(Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigailov)
An extravagant and landowner, who falls in love with Dounia, Raskolnikov’s sister.

(Dmitri Prokofitch Razumihin)
An ex-student, Raskolnikov’s friend. He falls in love with Dounia, Raskolnikov´s sister.
Pulcheria Alexandrovna
(Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov)
The mother of Rodion Raskolnikov and Dounia.

(Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov)
Marmeladov’s wife, Sonia’s stepmother. She is on the later stages of consumption.
Marfa Petrovna

(Marfa Petrovna Svidrigailov)
Svidrigailov’s wife, a landowner, Dounia’s employer.

(Lizaveta Ivanovna)
The old pawnbroker’s younger sister, almost idiotic in her 35. She becomes Raskolnikov’s victim too.
(Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov)
A young clerk, Luzhin’s friend, Sonia’s neighbor.
Porfiry Petrovitch
The investigator of the murder. Razumihin’s remote relative.

(Alexandr Grigorievitch Zametov)
The head clerk in the local police office, Razumuhin’s fellow.
A young doctor who watches Raskolnikov. Razumuhin’s fellow.
Nikodim Fomitch
The district superintendent.
Ilya Petrovitch
The assistant superintendent. The assistant to Nikodim Fomitch.
(Nikolay Dementyev)
A house-painter who is accused of the murder.
A servant in the house where Raskolnikov lives.
Praskovya Pavlovna
(Praskovya Pavlovna Zarbitsyn)
Raskolnikov’s landlady.
Amalia Ludwigovna
(Amalia Ludwigovna or Amalia Ivanovna Lippevechsel)
The Marmeladovs’ landlady, german by origin.
Polya (Polenka)
Katerina Ivanovna’s three children from her first marriage.
Mr. Marmeladov’s stepchildren.


This was the table with full list of characters of "Crime and Punishment".

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