Russian Literature Notes – Anna karenina Thursday November 14, 2013

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Russian Literature Notes – Anna karenina Thursday November 14, 2013 Last sequence in prt2 – Kitty at the Spa o Parallels several others Levin’s attempt at reform o Kitty’s attempt to make herself a better person He is disenchanted with how she lived before She wants something deeper and more meaningful She goes about it the wrong way. Wants to be just like Madame Stahl. Everything she does at the spa is an imitation o She even starts walking like M. Varenka o It is fake bc its like she is trying to put on another uniform o Like copying agriculutre in Kansas. o How to make yourself a better person runs parallel to making society better. o Kitty starts accumulating signs that something is off here Pg, 256 – “although m. stahl…” She realizes she may actually be doing harm The Petrovs o She makes them quarrel. Even if it was well attentioned it doesn’t fit the elemental force, the ground conditions. o You can’t become a better person by just behaving like another person. Sucks to suck marshall, you can’t be like Stiva It conflicts with the elemental force of your reality o This comes to a head when her father shows up. (pg. 261) Her father expected Varenka to be a fake That is not true. She is genuinly what she acts like she is. He is surprised by this because it isn’t a common thing Kitty is dismayed to find out that M. Stahl is a Pietist Bc people who follow a name, just wear it like a uniform It is a role that she is playing Kitty doesn’t like the idea They go visit M. Stahl (263) Note: “Heavenly” and “annoyance” o “Perhaps so, but it is better when one does good in such a manner that no one knows it” (264) How to be good Allusion to the Bible, when Jesus says not to draw attention to your charity
“Do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing” The prince is saying that what the Stahls do doesn’t do much good but for them.

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