Tone in Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky uses several techniques to convey different tones throughout the tale. For example, the ironic situations that Raskolnikov finds himself in heightens the apprehension he feels at getting caught or found guilty. Similarly, the lead investigator, Porfiry Petrovich, presents himself in such a way that Raskolnikov finds difficult to read. This creates tension because Raskolnikov finds himself wondering whether or not the police know of his crimes and whether they’re just waiting for him to make a mistake.