So far, Raskolnikov has more or less thrown social conventions and laws aside and has done whatever he wants. He considers himself better than other people (for example, the drunk man) and thus sees himself as being above the law and above societal conventions, and his pride prevents him from being able to understand or relate to other people. In some ways, he seems to live outside of our common sense of reality. Despite having moments of clear-headedness and sensibility, he doesn’t seem to think about possible consequences of his actions and rationalizes his wrong-doings in order to feel good about them. He seems to see other people as expendable for his benefit. For example, he rationalizes the murder of two innocent people by his poverty.
However, his emotional instability and frenzied behavior, particularly immediately after the murders, leads the reader to think that maybe he has more “human” in him than he thought. Maybe in the coming sections, he will realize that he’s not as different as he thought and become guilty about his actions. Or maybe he will go the other way and disassociate himself even farther from reality than he was. What do you think?