Sunday, November 4, 2012

Anna Karenina: Grammar Stage Inquiry

Three Stages of Inquiry on
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I.  Grammar Stage Inquiry

Who are the central characters? 

Anna Karenina and Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin

What is the most important event in the book, in which the characters change?

Anna changes drastically in Part Seven when she becomes convinced through her own jealousies that Vronsky no longer loves her, but is only dutiful toward her, and that she cannot live without his love but instead would rather die; there is no changing her mind.  She chooses suicide to end her misery.

Levin changes in Part Eight, in which he has struggled with thoughts of suicide because he cannot find the meaning to life; but he perseveres until he figures it out: that to live for one’s soul, to live for God, and to live rightly, is the purpose to life; and though he does not change on the outside, he is fulfilled in his heart and realizes he has the power to live for goodness.  He recognizes that all men have been given this about knowledge God and of what is right and wrong, as he was told when young that it “was already in [his] soul.”*  

*Romans 1:19-20 ...because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,...;  

*Romans 2:15  ...who show the work of the law written in the hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or excusing them.

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