Entering The Subconscious Through Dreams Essay
English 10 Honors
Mrs. Chadwick – Period 1
Entering the Subconscious through Dreams
Dreams are believed to be the gateway to the subconscious. They can reveal hidden fears, desires, and also give a psychological understanding of the unconscious mind. It is because of the baffling and mysterious nature of dreams that they were the perfect fit in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Dostoyevsky intertwined four dream sequences in this beautifully written, albeit somewhat disturbing, novel. These visions were used as a way to further develop characters and to introduce symbolism.
In Crime and Punishment dreams become an essential part of the story. Dostoyevsky uses these dreams to clearly define the main character, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, by creating an omniscient perspective for the reader. Through these thoughts, the reader gains greater insight into what Raskolnikov is thinking consciously, as well as his subconscious thoughts, which gives the character added depth. Raskolnikov’s dreams are what makes him feel guilty for the murders. Since dreams are the gateway to the subconscious, it tells the reader exactly what the person is thinking, not what they chose to say or believe on the outside. Therefore, these dreams show that his subconscious thoughts prove that Raskolnikov is not a psychopath, since he feels guilt, and one of the attributes of a psychopath is not feeling guilt or remorse. The four dream sequences that occur…