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Although she is a successful woman

Although she is a successful woman - where he is the tool...

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Although she is a successful woman, in Tolstoyan terms, Dolly fails to retain her husband's love.  Compensating this lack by a redoubled interest in the children, Dolly maintains her equilibrium. After  her visit to Anna, she is definitively reassured that living like a "hen with her chicks" provides more  meaning to life than an existence based on desperate love. Stiva seems to typify the corruption of human values that Tolstoy blames on city refinements. His  "natural goodness" perverted by a life of pleasure seeking, he fails to appreciate his wife's worth and  destroys a significant part of her life. His unwitting powers of destruction are echoed in the incident 
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Unformatted text preview: where he is the tool for devaluation of Russia's forest resources. Stiva shares many qualities with Anna, though they lack the intensity of her quest for emotional commitment. But it is this very lack which makes Stiva a corruptive influence in the nation and in his intimate circle, while Anna's intensity makes her destroy only herself. Like Anna, Stiva responds to emotions, not conventions, while, by contrast to his sister, his superficiality allows him to satisfy his needs within his social environment....
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