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QuestionsBestrangement? Professor Morson discussed it in the first lecture: pertinent to Anna?ReadChapter 1-2.Pg. 29-30? Read.What exactly is crucial in terms of quotations?Karenin forgives Anna: first, it is said that he simply saysI forgive youand Professor Morsondiscusses this forgiveness as not being real, since Karenin simply does what he thinks is themorally right thing to do; but then we discuss the quotation (“happy feeling of love andforgiveness for his enemies filled his heart”) in which real Christian love and forgiveness isportrayed.Contradictory?Or is Professor Morson showing his journey from the beginning ofthe chapter to the end?Would Countess Lydia be counted as an inauthentic thinker? Or more Madame Stahl, Stiva,Vronsky, Kitty at the spa with her imitated philanthropic nature.YOU HAVE TO TRAINYOURSELF TO SEE – TRULY SEE – TO BE AN AUTHENTIC THINKER.Life is details: Key theme?Pg. 561: Levin viewing Nikolai, Kitty attending to the details.OR would this theme be ‘looking as an action’? Kitty is always looking and observing himand is thus able to effectively tend to his needs. Or would this be ‘theory vs. practice’?Brutal force = elemental force acting negatively upon Kareninhis moral decline as a resultof Countess Lydia? Just like utopian reform plans fail, his plans to achieve the ideal standardsof Christian love result in dramatically worse consequences. When the world respondsnegatively to him, the only thing he can do to sustain his position as high in society, he tries tosustain this idea of being a superior Christian; Lydia brings upon this desire to be superior insociety.Ask about psychology of shame: Anna, doesn’t want Karenin to be morally superior to her,doesn’t want to feel indebted by his generosity, therefore refuses divorce and leaves sonbehind. (Forgettery as well)Where does Anna’s dream with the peasant occur? The prophetic omen.Pg. 117Lecture 3: review.(Use the landowner for authentic vs. inauthentic thought. Use elemental force for Levin’sagricultural reforms, Kitty’s personal reforms at the spa, Karenin’s brutal force)Anna deceives herself in three ways (engages in self-deception).1) by believing that shecouldn’t resist this grand passion, it was beyond her choice and it was the result of fate(FATALISM), and 2) by only choosing to see the faults in Karenin and her current life withhim – his flaws will somehow justify her affair with Vronsky, as she deceives herself intobelieving that he is so repulsive that she had no other choice. Ironically, she haschosento seethings this way. She CAN resist it. 3) ShedehumanizesKarenin; she deceives herself intobelieving that he is incapable of feelings towards her and thus, she absolves herself from themoral responsibility of her actions by believing that he is an unfeeling machine who will beincapable of feeling the pain.It is convenient for Anna to think this way; she looks upon

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Term
Spring
Professor
IlyaKutik
Tags
Anna Karenina, Meaning of life

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