Notes, AK - Questions Bestrangement Professor Morson discussed it in the first lecture pertinent to Anna Read Chapter 1-2 Pg 29-30 Read What exactly is

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Questions Bestrangement? Professor Morson discussed it in the first lecture: pertinent to Anna? Read Chapter 1-2. Pg. 29-30? Read. What exactly is crucial in terms of quotations? Karenin forgives Anna: first, it is said that he simply says I forgive you and Professor Morson discusses this forgiveness as not being real, since Karenin simply does what he thinks is the morally right thing to do; but then we discuss the quotation (“happy feeling of love and forgiveness for his enemies filled his heart”) in which real Christian love and forgiveness is portrayed. Contradictory? Or is Professor Morson showing his journey from the beginning of the 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 TRAIN YOURSELF 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 him and is thus able to effectively tend to his needs. Or would this be ‘theory vs. practice’? Brutal force = elemental force acting negatively upon Karenin his moral decline as a result of Countess Lydia? Just like utopian reform plans fail, his plans to achieve the ideal standards of Christian love result in dramatically worse consequences. When the world responds negatively to him, the only thing he can do to sustain his position as high in society, he tries to sustain this idea of being a superior Christian; Lydia brings upon this desire to be superior in society. 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 son behind. (Forgettery as well) Where does Anna’s dream with the peasant occur? The prophetic omen. Pg. 117 Lecture 3: review. (Use the landowner for authentic vs. inauthentic thought. Use elemental force for Levin’s agricultural 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 she couldn’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 with him – his flaws will somehow justify her affair with Vronsky, as she deceives herself into believing that he is so repulsive that she had no other choice. Ironically, she has chosen to see things this way. She CAN resist it. 3) She dehumanizes Karenin; she deceives herself into believing that he is incapable of feelings towards her and thus, she absolves herself from the moral responsibility of her actions by believing that he is an unfeeling machine who will be incapable of feeling the pain. It is convenient for Anna to think this way; she looks upon

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