Themes - Final AK and BK - Anna Karenina Themes and relations to Brothers Karamazov ordinary moments dont lead a good story good stories leave them out

Themes - Final AK and BK - Anna Karenina Themes and...

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Anna Karenina: Themes, and relations to Brothers Karamazov -ordinary moments don’t lead a good story, good stories leave them out b/c they are plot-driven; good storieslieStiva’s reaction to the affair (Part I Ch 1)-exclaims that “it’s all my fault, but I’m not to blame!” oFATALISM: way of denying responsibility for his actions; he is a susceptible man with an unattractive wifeorelate to the smile he gives Dolly when he sees her – reflex of the brain (5) Stiva forgets the one thing he wants to forget: his wife-FORGETFULNESS IS AN EVIL: genuine sincerity is forgotten, and this hurts his wifeoalso, assists both Vronsky and Levin in their pursuit of Kitty, not out of intentional malice, but b/c he simply forgets what he told the otheroHONESTY: honesty takes actual work, checking what you are saying Stiva doesn’t think how his actions accord with his thoughts Families and Family Habits-families share a culture based on the habits they learn from one another-Anna is Stiva’s sister – both are great social people and love to give pleasure oAnna at ball: says that “it’s not my fault, or only a little bit” (p. 113)-Levin loves the concept of familyodreams of family life, then wife: in love with the whole Scherbatsky family b/c of their wonderful intuitive sense of family love-Vronsky never had a family life and so doensn’t know that his actions are hurtful to Kitty and the Scherbatsky family (Part I Ch 13)-Karenin considering divorce question for the sake of the children, including Annie, who is not his ownoAnna, on the other hand, refuses the divorce even though she may have both Vronsky and Sery-ozha when Karenin is offering it, because she is only thinking of her own motives; not thinking of their welfare-Anna visits Seryozha (Part V), Stiva mentions Anna to Seryozhav (Part VII)oSeryozha learns to suppress his emotion and turn it to anger, just like his father b/c every time he yields to his emotions, he is emotionally punishedolearns to distrust his emotions-Dolly goes to visit Anna (Part VI) asking whether she has lived the right life in devoting herself to her fam-ily by sacrificing her beauty and youth and grief oVronsky wants this life, but Anna doesn’t (birth control) oAnna only values her beauty and doesn’t want to be “the wife” because this is unromantic – birth controlosees that they do nothing, and search for things to find meaning and to occupy their timeoDolly sees that Anna’s life is romantic, but empty and fakeosees her own difficulties as meaningful -All happy families are alike, unhappy families are unhappy in their own wayonothing exciting happens in happy families, so can’t make a storyomust make a story out of unhappy families orelate to authenticity/inauthenticity: if life is like a story, it’s fake Elemental Force-p. 178: reforms that work in England don’t work in Russia
oworld tends towards entropy; peasants are not deliberately sabotaging anything, but it just doesn’t work “as God wills” o

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