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Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoys novel Anna Karenina upon its release received a mix critical reception with Russian critics either condemning or applauding the novel primarily on its views of Russian society Thematically the novel parallels its heroines Anna Karenina moral and social conflicts with Constantin Levins internal struggle to find the meaning of life There are many others underlying themes which links the novel as a whole yet many critics at the time only looked upon its critical view of Russian life Henry James called Tolstoys novels as loose and baggy monsters of stylessness but Tolstoy stated of Anna Karenina I am very proud of its architecture--its vaults are joined so that one cannot even notice where the keystone is That is absolutely correct because within Anna Karenina there exists many themes that are all linked together to create such a wonderful piece of work Critics tend to miss the role that the theme of life and death plays in Tolstoys Anna Karenina Despite its apparent meanings these two themes are intertwined in the novel and provides a backbone for some of the other existing themes With a masterful touch Tolstoy is able to use these two themes to show the characters in their true forms at both stages The characters are shown to be living in a state of delusion and as the characters find themselves at times of near death situations or on their deathbed they are able to reveal themselves truthfully Many of the characters in the novel are able to show their real self and at times of death there is a point of reversal in the characters This is most evident in the scene of Annas near death experience during her illness This event brings about a change in Karenin and
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