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Hypocrisy This theme is first touched upon with the novels epigraph Vengeance is mine I shall repay This epigraph is a warning to both Russian Society and to the reader that the only person allowed to judge is God The rest of us being imperfect merely make ourselves into hypocrites when we judge someone else Russian Society is full of hypocrites in this bookindeed the very corruption of this society is symbolized by the way socialites treat Anna after she elopes with Vronsky Although most members of Russian Society men and women included conduct extra-marital affairs they turn on Anna when it turns out that her affair goes deeper than mere carnal desire Princess Betsy is an excellent example of the hypocrisy in Russian Society Jealousy Anna Karenina features portraits of three relationships Dolly and Oblonsky Kitty and Levin and Anna and Vronsky In all three of these relationships jealousy plays a role that affects the success of the relationship In general the less jealous a couple are the more successful they will be Dolly is jealous when Oblonsky is unfaithful but she represses this feeling for the good of their children and their home and they stay together as a result Levin and Kitty are jealous of each other at first but as they grow into themselves and their relationship and in Levins case his relationship with God their jealousy fades and their relationship strengthens Finally Annas relationship with Vronsky is destroyed by her all-consuming jealousy Faith Faith is the overriding aspect of Levins story Tortured by existential doubts throughout most of the book he experiences an epiphany at the end that shows him the reason for his existence By learning to have faith in God and following His rules Levin experiences the joyful peace that is faith Faith also saves his relationship with Kitty because he learns that he must place his life in the hands of the Lord and not look at
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