The Dream Of The Plague Analysis

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Central to Raskolnikov’s struggle is the manifestation of his shadow in the physical realm. Carl Jung believed that failure to actualize the shadow will allow it to “direct [one’s life]”; moreover, he believed that “[one] will call it fate”. Jung asserted that the shadow’s malevolent nature lays in the fact that it is the root of fragmentation in the psyche, therefore promoting incongruous behavior. By virtue of its incessant dictation (which the individual is incognizant of), the shadow plays an instrumental role in pitting one against themselves. It becomes incumbent upon Raskolnikov to reconcile the fragments residing within his psyche in order to stave off his shadow from disrupting the harmony and equilibrium in his life. Fortunately for …show more content…
The plague figuratively represents the Western ideologies such as Nihilism and Hegel’s world-historical figure that had pervaded throughout Raskolnikov’s psyche, ‘infecting’ him and creating an atmosphere conducive to dissension within the confines of the psyche. Those infected by the plague had become “mad and furious”, hurting one another “in a sort of senseless spite.” Analogously, although Raskolnikov killed the woman, he could not find a genuine purpose for doing so. By virtue of him struggling to find a valid reason to kill her, it can be deduced that Raskolnikov was also infected by this plague as he killed her only out of spite rather than purpose. As the plague distanced itself from civilization, only a few individuals whose purpose it was to “renew and purify the earth” survived. Despite the fact that Raskolnikov had been ‘infected’, his spiritual and psychological renewal plays an instrumental role in preventing his downfall. Perhaps the most profound component of Raskolnikov’s dream, however, revolves around the lingering notion of fate residing within his psyche – those who survived the plague were “pure chosen people” according to Raskolnikov. Jung warned that the unconscious psyche has the ability to dictate the course of one’s life, leading one to falsely attribute the path of one’s life to fate. Raskolnikov’s fortitude in the midst of adversity and his spiritual awakening are not a product of his shadow, but rather the inevitable nature of individuation. Although the residual remains of his shadow are present as Raskolnikov experiences the dream, he is ultimately able to overcome these remnants by uniting himself with the soul of Sonia Marmeladov at the

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