Crime and Punishment
“Beat me? How can you! Beat me-Lord! and even if she did beat me, what of it! Well, what of it! You know nothing, nothing…. She’s so unhappy; ah, how unhappy she is! And sick… She wants justice…She’s pure. She believes so much that there should be justice in everything, and she demands it… ….”
Regardless to what Sonja does for her livings, she is the character who is neat and calm about mostly everything. However, this quote shows her character bursting out for the first time, towards Rodya’s insult of her step mother. Although the readers all know that Katrina Ivanovna beats her regularly, Sonja is trying to defend her, and is reasoning with Katrina’s issue and personality. But because she is so angry and nervous, Dostoevsky intentionally put exclamation points, various ands, and ‘…’to express her emotion towards Rodya’s insult. These devices automatically put the readers in her shoes, and lead the readers to how Sonja is trying hard to love her and to protect her. Thus, the use of ” -Lord!” or “Ah,” from the first half not only show her offended feelings directly in her character, (especially of her religious character,) but also give real and humane tone of her voice.
“Die for the chocolate? How can you! Die for-Goodness! and even if she could die for it, what of it! Well, what of it! Boys know nothing, nothing… She’s so stressed; ah, how stressed she is! And starving… She wants satisfaction….She loves chocolate. She loves so much that there should be chocolate in everything, and she demands it…”
I tried to capture the moment where a girl defends another girl of the fact -the fact that every girl would want to deny it but possibly true- that girls could die for chocolate. Moreover, I intentionally used the word “Boys” to implant the angry tone when the opposite gender is stating with the stereotype, but without an effort trying to understand. Also, I used “hungry” and “satisfaction” to provide the just reasons for chocolate.