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...nd eludes to the reader that Olenin himself is fake and selfish (Tolstoy 179). However, Tolstoy understands that our desires are not things we can completely eradicate. Olenin’s character shows us that even if we make the extreme effort to leave our impurities and desires behind us, as he did in Moscow, we cannot separate ourselves from them because they are a part of us. In the context of this attempted affair and pursuit of desires, the ripple effects and direct punishment dealt to the protagonist for his fall to desire, is nowhere near as severe as many other characters experience in Tolstoy’s later works.
In some of Tolstoy’s other works, like Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s awareness of the relationship between human nature and desire becomes a more prominent concept. As his works progress over time Tolstoy also displays more severe consequences resulting from immoral
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