Anna Karenina | Study Guide

Leo Tolstoy

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anna-karenina-leo-tolstoyll happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Narrator, Part 1Anna Kareninaby the NumbersCouples whose relationships are closely examined in Anna KareninaChildren Dolly and Stiva have36Rank in Time top 10 greatest books of all time survey of famous writers1Year the film adaptation starring Greta Garbo was released1935A Russian novelist and reformer, Tolstoy set Anna Karenina in an era of social and political ferment in which he articulates his ideas about womens rights, judicial reform, and socialism. Anna Karenina is praised for pioneering stream-of-consciousness writing.LEO TOLSTOY 1828–1910AuthorFrou-FrouHorse that symbolizes Anna,whom Vronsky uses and unintentionally abusesTrainsRepresent society andhow progress can undermine traditional valuesFarmingStands for humans’ harmonywith nature and the essential function of providing food LoyaltyAll relationships depend on fidelity; a violation of trust does irreparable damage.FamilyAlthough it curtails individual freedom, family provides love, comfort, and security.PassionThose ruled by passion are destroyed; those who rule their passions create something good.SymbolsThemesJealousyLack of trust or belief in ones partner is corrosive and destroys relationships. In Anna Karenina marriage requires sacrifice, compromise, and faithfulness. Anna exerts her individuality—betraying a cold husband and embracing a passionate lover—but destroys herself and her family in the process. Anna is contrasted with Levin, who tempers his individualism for the woman he loves and learns to become part of a happy couple.Love and GritMAIN CHARACTERSAnnaPassionate, dissatisfied wife; falls in love with another man LevinPassionate idealist KareninCold, conventional husbandKittyDollys sensitive and sheltered but courageous little sister StivaUnfaithful husband but affectionate brotherDollyMaternal, forgiving sister-in-lawVronskyPersistent, smitten suitorFriendshipRomanceMarriedFamilyLeo Tolstoy187577RussianNovel AuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageAnna KareninaTragedySources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, PBS, The New Yorker, TimeCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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