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Levin enters the novel immediately indicating the contrast between town and country life Upon his first meeting Oblonsky he announces that has he resigned from the Zvemstvo citingthat it was nothing but a play thing that was not able to accomplish a single objective He then continues by ridiculing Oblonskys bureaucratic job referring to as a leisurelyposition asking how he can take such a job seriously This brief conversation with Oblonskydemonstrates Levins main impulses his lack of faith towards the political system hisrejection of the bureaucracy and his denunciation of urban life Events and elementsthroughout the novel accentuate and reinforce this contrast When Levin meets Oblonskyscolleague Grinevich he is mesmerized yet disgusted by his yellowish nails curving up atthe points This demonstrates the superficiality of city life where individuals arerecognized not by their work but by their appearances Oblonskys sale of the forest showshow he and Levin contradict one another Oblonsky sells his piece of forest to a landspeculator named Ryabinin Oblonsky who is in desperate need for money undervalues theproperty and sells for only a fraction of its actual value This transaction enrages Levinwho is able to truly appreciate the real value of such a property Oblonsky who comes fromMoscow is only interested in its ephemeral value whereas Ryabinin has values his solelyinterested in money and material possessions For Levin this represents a disgrace to hisset values for the land represents his resources his arduous work his means of survivaland his tradition The countryside consisting of his house his land and his peasantsrepresent Levins true identity His estate serves as a sanctuary providing him with reliefand easing some of his suffering caused by Kittys rejection Once absorbed in his work inthe fields Levin finds satisfaction and feels at peace with himself As the novelprogresses we see that Levin is searching for love and a family These are essentialcomponents for his quest towards self-fulfillment as a human being Unlike Oblonsky orKarenin Levin does not
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