Kitty Shcherbatsky is shown as the woman with the ability to choose her husband. In the introduction of the novel, she is seen as being infatuated with a handsome young man, Count Vronsky (45). However, Vronsky is not the only man in her life seeking for her love; Levin, a farmer from the countryside, has long been in love with Kitty and has come to Moscow to ask for her hand in marriage (21). Despite Kitty’s affections for him, she rejected his proposal, claiming “it cannot be” and asked for forgiveness (48). Kitty’s rejection of Levin cannot be seen as merely a woman choosing between two men based on he...
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...na would have just been granted a divorce, most of her emotional distress could have been avoided and lived that perfect life she imagined for Vronsky and herself.
Tolstoy uses his characters as a way to advocate the change of a woman’s place in society, choosing the freedom in marriage as the foundation for message. He makes a point that choice ends in happiness, whereas the lack of choice ends in despair. Tolstoy was not alone in this way of thinking and his message was indeed spread. If it wasn’t for the authors and other advocates of women’s emancipation, those rights might have never been realized. It just takes small pieces, such as books like Anna Karenina, to bring together that one big picture for the world to see.
Tolstoy, Leo, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. Anna Karenina: A Novel in Eight Parts. New York, NY: Penguin, 2002. Print.
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