Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Lazarus Symbol Icon
A Biblical character from the Gospel of John, Lazarus is a man dead for four days and placed in a tomb. When Jesus arrives in town and is told of Lazarus’ death, he asks God for the ability to raise Lazarus in order to demonstrate his (and God’s) power, and to convince those in the surrounding area that he is indeed the Messiah. Raskolnikov asks Sonya to read this passage to him from her New Testament, and Porfiry asks whether Raskolnikov believes in God, and whether, specifically, he believes in the truth of the Lazarus story. Lazarus’s return from the dead echoes Raskolnikov’s own “living death”—the madness that closes in on him following the murder, which eventually causes his confession and eight-year sentence in a prison camp. It is there that Raskolnikov uncovers Sonya’s same copy of the New Testament. And like a man raised from the dead, he becomes truly penitent, realizing that his remaining years in the camp are not so long, and that he will be sustained by the power of Sonya’s love and “reborn” into a new life.

Lazarus Quotes in Crime and Punishment

The Crime and Punishment quotes below all refer to the symbol of Lazarus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Criminality, Morality, and Guilt Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Crime and Punishment published in 1993.
Part 3, Chapter 3 Quotes

What I’m driving at . . . is that your complete recovery now depends chiefly on you yourself. . . . I should like to impress upon you that it is necessary to eliminate the original, so to speak, radical causes that influenced the onset of your ill condition.

Related Characters: Dr. Zossimov (speaker), Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov
Related Symbols: Lazarus
Page Number: 223
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 4, Chapter 4 Quotes

Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave . . . . Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. . . . Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me, . . . and he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth.

Related Characters: Sonya Semyonovna Marmeladov (speaker)
Related Symbols: Lazarus
Page Number: 327
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 6, Chapter 7 Quotes

I’m wicked, I see that . . . but why do they love me so, when I’m unworthy of it!

Related Characters: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov (speaker), Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov, Avdotya (Dunya) Romanovna Raskolnikov
Related Symbols: Lazarus
Page Number: 520
Explanation and Analysis:

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Epilogue, Chapter 2 Quotes

At the beginning of their happiness there were moments when they were both ready to look at those seven years as if they were seven days. He did not even know that a new life would not be given him for nothing, that it still had to be dearly bought, to be paid for with a great future deed . . . .

Related Characters: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, Sonya Semyonovna Marmeladov
Related Symbols: Lazarus
Page Number: 551
Explanation and Analysis:

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Lazarus Symbol Timeline in Crime and Punishment

The timeline below shows where the symbol Lazarus appears in Crime and Punishment. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 5
Criminality, Morality, and Guilt Theme Icon
Madness and Intoxication Theme Icon
Coincidence and Free Will Theme Icon
...asks whether Raskolnikov believes in God, the New Testament, and in particular the story of Lazarus, who is raised from the dead by Jesus in the Book of John. Porfiry goes... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 4
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Madness and Intoxication Theme Icon
Coincidence and Free Will Theme Icon
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...Testament and asks Lizaveta to read to him the section in John of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. She hesitates, afraid of Raskolnikov, but begins to read. (full context)
Coincidence and Free Will Theme Icon
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In the story of Lazarus, Jesus arrives in a town and is asked why he did not save Lazarus, who... (full context)
Epilogue, Chapter 2
Criminality, Morality, and Guilt Theme Icon
Madness and Intoxication Theme Icon
Coincidence and Free Will Theme Icon
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...given him by Sonya and from which he had her read him the story of Lazarus. (full context)