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Russian Literature Notes – Anna karenina Thursday November 14, 2013Last sequence in prt2 – Kitty at the SpaoParallels several othersLevin’s attempt at reformoKitty’s attempt to make herself a better personHe is disenchanted with how she lived beforeShe wants something deeper and more meaningfulShe goes about it the wrong way.Wants to be just like Madame Stahl. Everything she does at the spa is an imitationoShe even starts walking like M. VarenkaoIt is fake bc its like she is trying to put on another uniformoLike copying agriculutre in Kansas.oHow to make yourself a better person runs parallel to making society better.oKitty starts accumulating signs that something is off herePg, 256 – “although m. stahl…”She realizes she may actually be doing harmThe PetrovsoShe makes them quarrel.Even if it was well attentioned it doesn’t fit the elemental force, the ground conditions.oYou can’t become a better person by just behaving like another person.Sucks to suck marshall, you can’t be like StivaIt conflicts with the elemental force of your realityoThis comes to a head when her father shows up. (pg. 261)Her father expected Varenka to be a fakeThat is not true.She is genuinly what she acts like she is.He is surprised by this because it isn’t a common thingKitty is dismayed to find out that M. Stahl is a PietistBc people who follow a name, just wear it like a uniformIt is a role that she is playingKitty doesn’t like the ideaThey 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 goodAllusion 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.