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The country is truly unique in that the surroundings adapt to the individual without set boundaries for existence whereas in the city the individual must conform to the surroundings or face alienation through which emergent feelings of resentment and habits of hypocrisy arise Through Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy portrays different aspects of Russian society in contrast through the juxtaposition of city and country life Anna and Karenins marriage and subsequently life in the city does not work as dominance of liberalism bachelordom and superficiality result in their eventual alienation The eventual fate of Anna and the tinkering of Seryozha with trains epitomize on a symbolic level the evil and corruption of industrialization that permeates the city Levin finds that he is best suited to the pleasurable life in the country as he is able to express and reflect upon his ideas of individualism and hope not only through the integration of the classes but also through the acceptance of a broad faith Being a social commentary this novel shows that setting functions as a reflection of the atmosphere and as a motivator for different decisions for different individuals Throughout the novel Karenin is portrayed as an antagonist to Anna Anna finds life in the city dull and uninspiring which is reflected in her marriage Not only does Anna hate Karenin for not loving her but she also hates her own existence She was too eager to live herself Tolstoy 114 This shows that Anna had no life in the city and that she yearned for a chance to live like the characters she read in books In the country however Anna is at peace and she is content she feels free from the constraints of society I can see that Anna is happy perfectly happy-she has already told me so Tolstoy 624 Here Dolly reflects Annas inner happiness Though a thoroughly emotional character Anna only finds moments of happiness in the country as she not
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