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Banalewicz 1Society as the only VillainSociety as the Villain in Anna KareninaJessica BanalewiczENG 491Professor Frank StringfellowOctober 21, 2019
Banalewicz 2Society as the only VillainOne often loses pursuit to happiness when he decides to fulfill wishes of other people or live up to their expectations. They say that in order to have a happy and blessed life, you should learn to neither to expect from others nor let others expect from you. Human mind is a complex thing which tends to keep changing with every flow of emotion and feeling. One moment you are happy and expect something from life, the next you will find yourself wanting something else. Just like that a society, or a group of people, will never stop expecting from you if you start taking your life decisions on how they will react towards it. The irony is that the same social evils that have made our lives uglier since decades and centuries, if not followed will ruin us in even uglier ways. You are either left to live up to these social norms even if you are not happy with them being followed, or you live it on your own norms constantly being criticizes for it. If you have the perseverance to do things the way you want andnot care what the circumstances shall turn out, you are good to go. However, if other people's willingness and acceptance consumes some place in your heart and mind then you will die taking care of them, not even succeeding at the end of the day. The same is what we experience when reading this piece of fiction, not once, not twice, but several times. This is not something which only the main characters Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky, or the lovers of this book go through, but almost every other character connecting to them. Society is the only villain in all love stories in the book, acting a hindrance with every step they take like a baggage they will have to carry no matter where they go.In a world where majority is authority, it is hard to do something that makes you stand out, no matter it is your love life, something to do with your academics or your career. Anna and her brother Stiva have the tendency to change their minds and opinions time to time according to the “majority is authority” slogan. At many places in the book we often notice the outer world overweight their inner desires as if

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