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Lecture 11AK novel about families and the nature of familiesVengeance is mine, I will repay.“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”oOffered as an absolute truth. Not ironic.o“May you live in interesting times” things worth reporting are bad, ex: famine, flood, plague, etc.oYou can’t write a story about a happy family but interesting when someone runs away or dies etc.If you want to lead a life that is a good story, imitate a hero/heroine living you life badlyoFake because copying and filled with events that don’t make you life goodoWhat makes a life good and worth living is not worth a storyDolly vs. Stiva Dolly is extremely tormented by finding Stiva cheated but Stiva was dreaming about other womenoAnna later tells Dolly that Stiva is very sorryTolstoy: the body/actions/habits will produce a thoughtoStiva stretched for his robe, couldn’t find it remembers DollyEmbroidery women work so hard to make ordinary life beautifuloAnna does not see this“It is all my fault but I am not to blame” “It’s just nature!” hearty, charming, handsome man married to an old, tired women fate Stiva is always cheerful. Everybody likes himoReflex smiled when Dolly found his lettersReflex so I’m not responsible for itoStiva’s good nature leads to his affairThoughts are in the 3rd personoNot directly quoted because the author displays attitude on thought“Stepan Arkadyevich was a truthful man with himself” His thoughts even though he was just found having an affairoStiva not very involved in the family believes he is treating his wife right by letting her take care of all the kids, by not interfering Stiva does a lot harm BUT he never intends to oStiva thought that Dolly knew he was being unfaithful and that she just didn’t careoSTIVA NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THE SUBJECT what he didn’t do that causes harmoMorally is what you do AND what you don’t bother to dooSTIVA IS EVIL most evil, ordinary evil, not the worst evil most evil is made from neglectoMalice is not evil Stiva never intends harm, doesn’t even have a malicious thoughtThe best thing in the world is to be a good mother DollyoTeaches kids habits that will govern them in ordinary moments for the rest of their lives
oYou can change yourself but you start with habits produced at childhood habits limits how you can change yourself