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Tuesday, November 19, 2013DISCUSSION3: ANNAKARENINA.Romantic LoveAnna and Vronsky.The unknown, transcendental experience connotesromantic love.Kitty with Vronsky: swept away by him and picks him over Levin. However, Kitty leanrsromantic love is fleeting, and has her heart broken.Betsy (Anna’s friend)Whole social circle is based on that kind of love. Vronsky feels at home in Anna’s social circle– laugh at institution of marriage, raising kids.Levin experiences romantic love for Kitty intiailly but developed into familial love.Happiness not as grand when they are married but not any less.Familial/platonic loveLevin and Kitty =prime example of thisplatonic love.Karenin and Anna before she met Vronsky(noticing that he goes to bed 5 minutes early).Dolly; the whole Scherbatsky family has this familial love.Intimacy:When Levin and Kitty fight, they are not two opposing forces, they have a level ofconnection and union that makes them intimate and know each other very well. Levin saysthat they can share experiences and understand each other when they fight. When Levin andKitty get in a fight, he feels that when he hurts her, he hurts himself. They don’t seethemselves as two different people.Stiva is a sensualist;carnal, sexual love; Karamazov sense of love. It’s not romantic but it’s morehedonistic; he is trying to extract pleasure from life; consumer of life’s carnal pleasures.Karenin experiencesChristian lovewhile Anna is on her deathbed.oLoving your enemy and forgiveness are examples of Christian love. What do we learnabout Christian love in the novel?oGirl in the store (Varenka) has a true experience of Christian love and it is a lifestyle thatshe has adopted and it is sustainable. When Kitty tries to follow this, it does not workbecause she is simply trying to emulate a way of living as opposed to actually

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Term
Spring
Professor
IlyaKutik
Tags
Anna Karenina, Levin, elemental force

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