Stiva Analysis

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In contrast to Stiva’s obliviously self-absorbed view of the world, Levin constantly analyzes the world around him. This intense analysis is the source of much stress as he struggles to define and reach perfection. {find some evidence of this lol}. Social conventions and society support Stiva’s lifestyle and mode of thought more than Levin’s. While Stiva is well-liked and highly regarded by his peers, Levin is viewed as an outsider: Stiva characterizes him as “always [doing] what no one else does” (38). Additionally, Levin’s pursuit of living the ideal life also means that he becomes unhappy whenever he realizes how far away he is from perfection. For example, although Levin becomes extremely happy and hopeful after Stiva tells him that Dolly …show more content…
Levin experiences moments of pure fulfillment when he feels in touch with the ideal lifestyle. {Levin associates perfection and wholesomeness with nature and physical labor }. When Levin is mowing with his peasants, he experiences “the most blissful moments” (256) when {he is doing wholesome physical work outside}. {being w kitty makes him really happy; talk about his final revelation—stiva doesn’t feel this strongly bc he gets happy just from eating good food}. The successes and failures of Levin and Stiva in their approaches to their lives are reflective of their differing {environments}. Levin’s lifestyle is well-suited for his life in the countryside near nature and away from the city. During social interactions, Levin is awkward and fails to abide by some conventional social norms. For example, after meeting with Stiva when first arriving in Moscow, Levin forgets to bow to Stiva’s colleagues because he is too {caught up in his own head} (23). Rather, Levin is most at ease in the country. {hunting …show more content…
Stiva is highly successful at navigating through life in the city as reflected in his popularity and ease in which he {does stuff} like throw refined dinner parties (377). Additionally, it is noteworthy that Stiva is introduced in the novel through his dream about theater. Theater is very much a construct of society that is also associated with superficiality and falseness, since all of the actors are pretending to be other people, further exemplifying Stiva’s ingrainment with city life. Stiva’s self-centered attitude is also conducive for his social environment as he is surrounded by other people who can suffer the consequences of his life in his place, including Dolly and the rich creditors who lend Stiva the money to fund his expensive, lavish city lifestyle.
Although Stiva functions well in society, his shallowness and selfish approach to life is revealed when his perspective is contrasted with Levin’s intensity and morality. Levin has moments of extreme joy that Stiva does not feel, but Stiva is still the character most at ease within society. Societal norms and conventions support Stiva’s shallow lifestyle and reject Levin’s pursuit for a deeper fulfillment in

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