Anna Karenina Third Paper - Harkening back to the blizzard near the end of Part One of Leo Tolstoys Anna Karenina the chaos that this torrential storm

Anna Karenina Third Paper - Harkening back to the blizzard...

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Harkening back to the blizzard near the end of Part One of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina , the chaos that this torrential storm symbolized has dominated the book for the entirety of parts one through four. Stiva and Anna repair each other’s broken households, Kitty and Levin are both heartbroken and drastically change their lifestyles only to realize that neither of their paths are viable and end up together, Vronsky questions, endangers, and then forsakes his once-bright military future because of love, all while Anna has an affair, threatens to leave, is threatened by her husband of the consequences of her leaving, gets pregnant, goes back to her husband, and then finally decides to leave after all regardless of the repercussions. The characters are so intertwined that it would require a top surgeon to get them apart. At the start of part five, however, Tolstoy gives the reader a sense of relative calm, showing the wedding of Levin and Kitty (which, in theory, will begin a loving, miraculous life for the two of them) and the quasi- honeymoon of Anna and Vronsky and their European escapades. This reality is only momentary and just as quickly as Tolstoy displayed some peace and relative order, he takes it away by detailing the true feelings behind Anna and Vronsky’s Italian promenade. While both characters appear to be enjoying their time abroad, they are clearly suffering more than they let on and, perhaps, more than they are even enjoying Italy. At first glance, both Anna and Vronsky appear to be greatly enjoying their Italian vacation. Having already spent three months abroad touring different cities, the lovestruck duo had met little resistance or judgment during their travels. Tolstoy writes that Anna “felt herself unpardonably happy and filled with the joy of life. The memory of her husband’s unhappiness

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