Lecture 9, AK - Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 LECTURE 9:...

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013LECTURE9: ANNAKARENINA.Part 7: childbirth scene when Levin’s son is born; Levin is surprised (makes a similarcomment about this in Part 8) because his feelings for the newborn, his son, aren’t what heexpected them to be (triumph, glory, joy) – instead, he feels something entirely different. Justthe way that when he was married, he was happy but not at all the way he expected to be.Tolstoy constantly tries to teach you is that the more things look like a familiar story you haveheard, the less likely they are to be true. The story makes things look too neat and reality ismuch less like a model or theory, and is much more messy.oWhen Levin looks at his son, he feels a combination of pity and disgust. This isexactly right because that is what love really feels like. This infant, who is soabsolutely, totally helpless and doesn’t even know it’s alive, will take weeks before itcan roll over, it is infinitely vulnerable, and you are all that stands besides it –suffering and death, the child would not even understand. If you really feel for it, thefeeling of intense pity and disgust is what you will feel – that is what love really feelslike. It feels like a new source of vulnerability. This is Tolstoy, therealist. Love doesnot feel like glory or triumph, but it is the new source of vulnerability thatincites pity and disgust.Pg. 835-836(Part 7): Anna is one of the greatphilosophicalheroines of Russian literature.Anna wants all of life to be governed by one thing; any philosophy that suggests that the entireworld must be governed by one thing will be wrong because life is a mess. Anna is atotalitarian of meaning – reality doesn’t fit this belief. The elemental force, the complexity ofthings, will not tolerate this belief. Anna’s totalism and romanticism makes her philosophyevolve into newer philosophies.oIf you see the world in a certain light, you are closed to disconfirmation. Actualempirical data will not support your hypothesis; you do not want to admit the painfultruth. The fact that you object shows that you are trying to undermine the true vision.All totalist philosophies work this way; they are closed to disconfirmation.Everything that he does, she will find a way to work against it –she will find groundsand reason to prove her objection.oIf he has some other interest, that shows he does not love her; but if she gets angry atthis, she feels a sense of terror that she will lose him, and so she strives to somehowmake it up to him (we see this over and over again), and when she succeeds, she feelshumiliated and interprets his warmth to her as having a shade of self-contempt, andthen she wants to rebel against that, which starts the cycle all over again into a spiraldownward.

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Term
Spring
Professor
IlyaKutik
Tags
Anna Karenina, Meaning of life, Pg, n t matter

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