Foreshadowing in Anna Karenina

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Foreshadowing in Anna Karenina

Throughout life there are situations which arise that seem to have been

hinted earlier. You might not have noticed the hint when it first appeared, but

suddenly at one point it finally dawns on you. The same goes for the literary

aspect of foreshadowing. The novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy has many

instances where the situations are similar to the one described above. The

following paragraphs will present the foreshadowing that is included in this


When Anna Karenina is met by her brother Oblonsky at the train station,

a scene arises that clues into a valuable part of the story. She had just met

Vronsky and as Anna and Oblonsky were leaving, a train personnel was hit by the

train. Anna burst into tears and exclaims that it is a bad omen. Her brother

calms her down but it is clearly evident that this part of the story gives an

inclination to the mess Anna ends up being entangled in.

Late one evening, the doorbell rings and Oblonsky goes and greets the

visitor. As Anna is walking to her bedroom, she glances over to see who had

called at such a late hour. She immediately recognizes it to be Vronsky and she

feels 'a strange feeling of pleasure mixed with a feeling of vague apprehension

suddenly stirred in her heart.'( page 90)This tells of what may be the conflict

in the plot.

The day after the great ball Anna announces that she must leave. Dolly

expresses her gratitude toward everything Anna has done to help her in her time

of crisis. She tells Anna that she does not know of a person with a greater

heart. Anna tells her that Kitty was depressed because Vronsky spent the evening

with her. She exclaims that it wasn't her fault. Dolly remarks that Anna sounds

exactly like Stiva. Anna appears to be offended and says that she is nothing

like Stiva. In the end she ends acting similar to Stiva.

Kitty was quite depressed and Dolly knew what was troubling her. She

went to visit Kitty and told her that she was going through what all women go

through at one point in their life.
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