Socratic dialogue is a form of self-questioning or a dialogue with series of questions that lead to a logical conclusion. The questions asked can be contradicting and defend different points of view. In the novel Crime and Punishment the constant self-analysis the protagonist goes through provides deep insight and a very good introduction to the psyche of a murderer. The author creates a complete picture using Socratic Dialogue to immerse the reader in the thoughts, feelings, and continuous questions that scurry through the mind and the profound desire it possesses for ultimate truth.
The most awful recollection of the previous day was the way he had shown himself "base and mean," not only because he had been drunk, but because he had taken advantage of the young girl's position to abuse her fiancé in his stupid jealousy, knowing nothing of their mutual relations and obligations and next to nothing of the man himself. And what right had he to criticise him