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Anna Karenina a Russian novel written by Leo Tolstoy provokes the world of marriage family and adultery with its first line All happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way This provocative quote reflects on how the two families the Oblonskys and Karenins in the novel faced struggles in marriages as they became the wretched victims of infidelity The marriage of Stepan and Dolly Oblonsky fell apart due to Stepans Russian high class lifestyle Alexei and Anna Karenins ill-fated marriage was based on Annas desperate love for Vronsky While Anna betrays her husband Stepan betrays his wife and each marriage illustrates unhappiness in its own way However one commonly shared unhappiness with both marriages is not simply caused by the affairs but by lies and deceit by the spouses The novel starts with Dolly Oblonskys discovery of her husband Stepans illicit sexual relationship with the governess Dolly was deeply affected by the infidelity however what hurt her deeply was the fact that Stepan got away with it by lying For instance Dolly expressed her feelings to Anna Karenina about the affair I could even understand if it was a passionbut to deceive me deliberately cunninglyand with whomTo go on being with my husband together with herits terrible This quote emphasized how Dolly was truly unhappy with Stepan not just for cheating on her but for his deceitful behavior towards her It is not the perfidious affair but the deception that resulted in an unhappy marriage between Stepan and Dolly While Dolly was completely heartbroken over the whole situation Stepan regretted that he was not cautious enough to enjoy his private life That is Tolstoy reveals who he is as he describes All he repented of was that he had not succeed better in hiding it from his wife Stepan believes that he has the right to enjoy his aristocratic lifestyle by adding some sweetness to it since he views women
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