Complexity In Anna Karenina, By Leo Tolstoy

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Register to read the introduction… The backdrop of high society Russia plays a key role in the development of Anna’s relationships with other characters. Anna’s relationship with Vronsky is seen as inappropriate and invalid. Anna’s husband feels “[she] may, by indiscretion, give the world occasion to talk about [her]… [and she is] a depraved woman…a woman without honor!”(240). Anna’s husband feels this way because of the immense pressure he receives from society, Anna’s affair is weighing heavily on Aleksey and his image. Aleksey feels alienation from his social groups causing his desperation to save Anna’s honor, this results in an underlying hate towards her. The pressures from Aleksey’s peers effect how he deals with his broken marriage. Although Aleksey knows what has to be done, he is unable to reconcile with “[d]ivorce, the details of which he knew by this time, seemed to him out of the question” (491). Additionally, because of the beliefs those in 18th century Russia uphold a divorce would undeniably ruin both Anna and her husband. Anna’s relationships are brought forward and the public is able to scrutinize and present her as a public figure of a fallen woman. Anna is a symbol of the faults in society and the wrongful treatment towards woman. This dynamic is also seen in Vronsky and Anna’s relationship, “[t]he world was open for …show more content…
There are several different conflicts that arise in the novel. Firstly, “[Anna does not] like lying [she] can [not] endure falsehood, well as for [her husband]; it’s the breath of his life” (234). When Anna has an affair her husband no longer considers her his equal. Aleksey takes away the rights she has in the family, including being able to see her son. This opens the way for a greater conflict to arise in relation to Anna’s proposition for a divorce. Being declined her rights; Anna makes rash decisions inconsiderate of what others sees. As a result of her stubbornness to avoid appearing in society Anna and Vronsky experience a distance building in the relationship. Anna does not communicate with Vronsky making him claim, “what is this? Am I going out of my mind? ... What makes men go outs of their minds; what makes men shoot themselves” (495). Anna’s indecisive nature causes Vronsky pain, and they both fear each other’s honesty and question the devotion each puts into the relationship. They make vows to others but are able to break their promise in an instant. This brings into question their commitment, and if they are able to trust each other. Anna’s indecisive nature not only affects Vronsky but her as well. Anna constantly finds herself in stressful scenarios and “[h]ow [she] feel[s] at the brink of calamity, is how

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