Toltstoi, Lew: Anna Karenina

erstellt von Stefanie Heisler

Ein fiktiver Abschiedsbrief von Anna Karenina an Graf Alexej Wronskij

Mai 1878

Liebster Aljoscha,

in aller Zärtlichkeit die ich für Euch aufbringen kann, schreibe ich diesen Brief. Ich muss ihn schreiben, da das Billett Euch nicht erreicht hat. Mir ist es sehr wichtig, denn ich möchte mich mit Euch aussöhnen. Ich bin so in Gedanken gefangen, dass es keinen Sinn hat mit Euch zusammensein zu wollen. Ich kann nicht verzeihen, dass Ihr mich nicht liebt. Meine Liebe zu Euch ist leidenschaftlich, sogar egoistisch und die Eure erlischt immer mehr, verteilt sich auf andere Frauen. Wie soll es auch anders sein, da Eure Liebe zu mir nicht mehr vorhanden ist? Ich mache Euch keine Vorwürfe mehr, ich habe das Streiten so satt. Je suis malade! Je suis seule! Ich möchte nur glücklich sein mit Euch, Sergej und Anna. Der lieben unschuldigen Anna. Sie ahnt gar nicht in welche Lage sie hineingeboren wurde. Zum Glück versteht sie es noch nicht und kann friedlich ihre Welt entdecken. Ich wünschte ich wäre damals gestorben. Warum bin ich nicht? Es wäre alle Schmach und Schande, die ich über Euch und Alexej Alexandrewitsch gebracht habe, gesühnt gewesen. Ihr wäret von allen gesellschaftlichen Schwierigkeiten befreit worden. Ich erkenne nun, dass es der einzige richtige Weg gewesen wäre und bin bereit ihn jetzt zu gehen. Ich gebe Euch frei, weil ich Euch liebe und nicht weiter quälen möchte. Wir driften seit geraumer Zeit unaufhaltsam auseinander, bewegen uns in verschiedene Richtungen. Ihr sagtet zu mir, dass ich eifersüchtig sei und ich habe es bis eben selbst geglaubt, aber es ist unwahr. Ich bin unzufrieden. Ich bin gefangen alleine in diesem Haus, an einem Ort ohne Freunde. An einem Ort an dem ich nicht leben möchte. Ich bin einsam hier, versteht Ihr es jetzt? Ich liebe Euch so sehr, dass ich Sergej dafür verlassen habe. Oh, armer Sergej, wie wird er über seine, ihn grenzenlos liebende, Mutter denken? Wird er mich auch verurteilen, so wie es alle getan haben? Oder hat er mich schon vergessen? Ich ertrage es nicht mir darüber den Kopf zu zerbrechen und doch schleichen sich gerade diese Gedanken so oft hinein und beißen sich fest. Saugen alle Freude aus mir hinaus. Daran seid nur Ihr schuld. Ihr habt mir alles genommen, Euch stolz mit mir gebrüstet. Jetzt bin ich für Euch nur ein zänkisches, streitsüchtiges Weib. Eine Last am Bein, die Euch hindert voranzukommen. Aber ich werde mich nicht beklagen, es hat keinen Sinn. Ich habe es verdient so behandelt zu werden, ertrage es aber nicht so gequält in Einsamkeit zu leiden. Ich ertrage es nicht Mitleid in jedem Auge zu erblicken, welches um meine Situation Kenntnis hat. Ich bin diejenige die diese Situation beheben kann, ich allein. Der Entschluss, dies auch zu tun steht fest.

Ich möchte doch nur geliebt werden, rein und allumfassend. Wenn ich doch nur etwas Anderes sein könnte als Eure Geliebte… ich möchte gar nichts Anderes sein, nur Eure Einzige.

In Liebe,

Anna Arkadjewna Karenina (allein in meinem Herzen Wronskaja)

Vorgestellt von S. Stelling

Anna Karenina ist ein Roman von Leo Tolstoi aus dem Jahr 1877/78 der im Russischen Realismus entstand.Er handelt von Ehe und Moral in der Adligen russischen Gesellschaft des 19ten Jahrhunderts. Der Roman besteht aus 8 Teilen und verwebt mehrere Familiengeschichten von Personen, die mal mehr mal weniger miteinander verbunden sind.

Die Geschichte beginnt mit der Fürstin Dolly Oblonskaja, die sich von ihrem Mann Stephan scheiden lassen will, weil er sie betrogen hat. Ein Gespräch mit ihrer Schwägerin Anna macht ihr bewusst das sie ohne ihn keinerlei Möglichkeiten hat.Sie gibt der Ehe noch eine zweite Chance obwohl ihr bewusst ist, das ihr Mann sein Ausschweifendes Leben fortführen wird. Dollys Schwester Kitty, die aufgrund des Rates ihrer Mutter den Antrag des Gutsbesitzers Kostja Ljewins abgelehnt hat, wartet seither auf einen Antrag der Grafen Alexei Wronski. Dummerweise verlieben sich die verheiratete Anna und derselbige ineinander. Anna wehrt sich lange gegen diese Liebe, da sie befürchtet ihren Sohn Sergej an ihren Ehemann Alexej Karenin zu verlieren. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt glaubt sie sich glücklich verheiratet, in ihrer Ehe mit Alexej der vom Alter ihr Vater sein könnte. Trotzdem gibt sie irgendwann den Gefühlen nach und beginnt eine leidenschaftliche Affäre mit dem Grafen Wronski. Die Geheimhaltung der Affäre gelingt so lange, bis Anna ein Kind von ihm erwartet. ( Formvorschlag meiner Mutter;)) Nun muss sie sich vor ihrem Mann und der Gesellschaft offenbaren.Nach der schweren Geburt ihrer Tochter Anny, bei der sie glaubt zu sterben, seelisch schwer angeschlagen und um einen Skandal zu vermeiden, bekennt sie sich zu ihrem Ehemann. Aus verzweifelter Liebe versucht Wronski sich zu erschießen. Als Anna die Folgen der Geburt wieder aller Erwartungen überlebt entscheidet sich Karenin der Scheidung zuzustimmen. Anna fühlt sich in ihrem Zuhause Ignoriert und fehl am Platz und leidet zunehmend an der Situation. Aus Angst ihren Sohn zu verlieren verzichtet sie auf die sofortige Scheidung und geht mit ihrer Tochter und Wronski nach Italien. Währenddessen leidet Kitty unter der nicht erfüllten Hoffnung auf einer Heirat mit Wronski und des, von ihr selbst abgelehnten Antrag Ljewins. Die Familie Oblonski beschließt deshalb mit ihr eine Kur in Europa zu machen. Nach der Rückkehr treffen Kitty und Ljewin bei einem arrangierten Treffen aufeinander. Sie erkennen ihre Liebe zueinander und heiraten. Aus Sehnsucht zu ihrem Sohn kehrt Anna nach Russland zurück. Doch Karenin verweigert ihr den Sohn. Aus diesem Grunde schleicht sie sich, während Karenins Abwesenheit noch einmal in sein Haus um ihren Sohn zu sehen. Von der Gesellschaft ausgeschlossen ziehen sich Anna und Alexej auf das Landgut der Wronskis zurück.Dort müssen die Beiden feststellen, dass ein Leben nur in Zweisamkeit nicht ausreicht. Wronski stürzt sich in Arbeit und mischt immer öfter in der Politik mit. Anna verfällt aus Einsamkeit und Eifersucht in Wahnideen und Depressionen. Streit wird zur Tagesordnung. Wronski will, dass deine Tochter Anny endlich seinen Namen trägt und die Wiedereingliederung in die Gesellschaft für sich und Anna. Daraufhin drängt er Anna dazu, das Gespräch mit Karenin zu suchen, der die Scheidung nun doch verweigert. Da ihre Probleme überhand nehmen willigt sie schließlich ein. Währenddessen werden Kitty und Ljewin Eltern eines Sohnes. Kitty hilft ihrem Mann durch eine Sinnkrise, die durch den Tod seines Bruders entstanden ist. Annas Wahnvorstellungen werden von Tag zu Tag schlimmer. Wronski schafft es nicht sie von seiner Treue zu überzeugen. Überzeugt sie sei Wronski im Weg und mit dem Gedanken ihn bestrafen zu wollen wirft sich Anna vor einen Güterzug. Erschrocken über ihre vorschnelle Handlung versucht sie noch von den Gleisen zu kommen aber sie schafft es nicht mehr. Wronski gibt sich nach Annas Tod auf und zieht in den Krieg in der Hoffnung im Tod Frieden zu finden. Die Geschichte von Dolly und Stephan Oblonski läuft neben der ganzen Haupthandlung natürlich weiter, spielt dabei aber keine tragende Rolle.

Auffällig im Buch sind die unglaublich vielen Namen der Personen, die an vielen Stellen plötzlich andere Nachnamen oder Spitznamen haben, man verliert wenn man nicht genau aufpasst, schnell mal den Überblick. Tolstoi schreibt sehr bildgewaltig und man bekommt einen guten Einblick in das Leben und die russische Gesellschaft dieses Zeitalters. Nach meiner Meinung sind der Roman und die behandelten Themen zeitlos. Wenn man die Gesellschaft heute z.B. zum Thema Ehebruch betrachtet läuft es sehr ähnlich ab. Männern wird ein Treuebruch eher verziehen als einer Frau. Auch Ausgrenzung und Rufschädigung trifft eher Frauen. Ein großer Unterschied ist allerdings, dass heute auch die Frauen über eine Scheidung entscheiden können und die Frauen genauso das Sorgerecht ihrer Kinder erhalten wie die Männer.

Vorgestellt von Anke Witte

Introduction

The book was written in the mid 1870`s in which it is also set. The story takes place in Moscow and St. Petersburg and in the countryside. The main characters are Anna and her husband Karenin, Anna’s dashing lover Wronsky, Kitty or Katerina Shcherbatsky and her family, especially her oldest sister Daria who is married to Stepan Arkadyich Oblonsky, Anna’s brother and the “Tolstoy- in- disguise”- Lewin. Minor characters are Lewin’s half brother Sergei and his brother Nikolai. As well as prince and princess Shcherbatsky, the parents of Kitty and the close friend and confidente Countess Lydia Ivanovna of Karenin. The multitude of characters could seem at first glance to be confusing to the reader but Tolstoy introduces and develops them well. The various threads of the story work together very well.

Tolstoy based the novel on a true incident which occurred near his country estate and left a lasting impression on him. A young woman, the mistress of a neighbouring land- owner and friend of the Tolstoy’s, threw herself under a goods- train after her lover abandoned her.

Tolstoy wanted to put himself in the shoes of this unfortunate woman and created the character of Anna. The novel explores the moral and social dynamics of Russian noble society of the period. A wide range of issues are covered by Tolstoy including religious and spiritual beliefs and values and how these effect behaviour, moreover the position of women in society and the contrasts between the city and the countryside.

Other issues coming up are the position of the farmer and the peasant, education, the value of medicine, the seeming arrogance of doctors, the view of progress and modernization, the outraged conduct of upper class society.

Main Body

The different couples we want to introduce are Anna and Vronsky, Anna and Karenin, Lewin and Kitty and Dolly and Stiva.

Anna and Vronsky

Vronsky is a cavalry officer and a loyal friend liked by his fellow officers. People are immediately charmed by him. He has a generous playboy lifestyle. His main interests outside his regiment are horse racing and women. However, he has a rather naïve simplistic view of his relationship with women. He does not understand the social implications of having a relationship with a married woman.

Anna’s character is affected by her relationship with Vronsky. Before she met Vronsky, she can be described as a marvellous creation. She was a good wife, a passionate mother and an upright member of society. She was discreet, highly esteemed and somebody people trusted. She was very gifted socially and well connected in noble society. It was difficult for people not to love her. Everybody spoke well of her and praised her beauty.

Vronsky’s and Anna’s first meeting is at a railway station. This can be seen as an omen in view of Anna’s later fate. Anna and Vronsky are immediately attracted to each other. Vronsky’s affect on Anna is to bring her back to life. In him she sees all the possibilities she misses in her relationship with Karenin. Vronsky is immediately taken by Anna‘s beauty. He starts following Anna around Russia in order to be near her. It first this makes Anna angry but she soon succumbs to his charms. The more she falls in love with Vronsky the more she starts to hate her husband. They are unashamed of being seen together at balls and parties. They start behaving in an unacceptable way in the view of their contemporaries. Anna is impressed by the sheer vitality of Vronsky. She is also enthralled by him submitting himself to her in a puppy- dog- like manner. She loves his devoted attention and passionate concern for her. But what she also loves is the idea of love itself and the act of loving.

Anna’s character undergoes a considerable change after her relationship with Vronsky turns serious. She finds lying and deceiving come easily to her whereas beforehand such behaviour would have been foreign to her nature. Similarly she would have been ashamed to have been openly together with a lover but soon this no longer troubles her and she doesn´t even bother to try and conceal her relationship with Vronsky even though her friends are shocked by Anna`s brazen behaviour.

Having affairs was nothing unusual in upper class society but Anna’s and Vronsky’s case was special for the following reasons: Firstly, Anna was married to a person of high social standing. Secondly they went to no trouble concealing their relationship. Thirdly, they ignored the consequences of their actions. Their passion for each other seemed to overrule all other concerns. Other people’s affairs were more discreetly conducted but Anna’s and Vronsky’s affair was so intense, fiery and overwhelming, that it was grossly inappropriate. Anna and Vronsky both have to make sacrifices in order to further their relationship. Anna has to choose between Vronsky and her son, the two people she loves – and idealizes - most in the world. Before Anna met Vronsky, her son Seriosha was the sole focus of her love. She was unable to give her husband Karenin anything and instead transferred all her feelings to her son, perhaps not seeing him as a real boy but rather the ideal receiving object of her own her desires. She is later unable to have any love for her daughter Annie, the child she had from Vronsky because her desires have now been met by Vronsky and Annie is unable to give anything to her mother.

Vronsky is forced to sacrifice his promising career against the wishes of his family, especially of his mother. His mother blamed Anna for ruining his career. Vronsky justifies the end of his military career to himself by seeing Anna as a substitute. He reveals to a friend that having a beautiful woman at his side makes up for the loss of his career. This is Vronsky’s hope or expectation at least but society is not so liberal.

Vronsky is too immature and inexperienced to understand Anna’s difficulties with her husband and her son. He almost ignores them and fails to appreciate the dilemma he puts Anna in.

After the birth of Anna’s and Vronsky’s child, Anna is seriously ill. In a delirium, it is her desire that Vronsky and Kanerin are going to be reconciled.

Karenin is magnanimous and forgiving. This causes a crisis for Vronsky.

The deceived husband, who till then had seemed a pathetic being, an accidental and somewhat comic hindrance to his happiness, had suddenly been summoned by her and raised to an awesome height, and on that height the husband appeared not wicket, not false, not ludicrous, but kind, simple and majestic. Vronsky could not but feel it. In this abased state, Vronsky toys with a gun and accidently on purpose shoots himself. He was overchallenged by Karenins moral rectitude and his pride was dented.

This incident is an example of Vronsky’s narcisstic behaviour. Narcissism is a trait that both Vronsky and Anna share and that causes their relationship to be so complicated and destructive. Anna’s narcissism was partly fed through her many social activities and contacts and later, when these were no longer available to her, she felt bereft and sought all her self- esteem through Vronsky, who was not able to meet this requirement on him. The rejection of her friends in society had fatal consequences for Anna. These consequences do not appear at first so grave as Vronsky and Anna decide to take themselves out of their familiar environment. Following Annie’s birth Vronsky and Anna go to Italy. They live a bohemian lifestyle but it is soon evident that it will not last for a long time. After dabbling around with various occupations, Vronsky soon feels bored and underchallenged. Anna, in contrast, thinks herself happy. Anna’s main satisfaction comes from shyly admiring Vronsky’s beauty and from idealizing his masculine strength. This is not the first time Anna deliberately misleads herself.

A good example of Anna deceiving herself is on their return to Russia from Italy. Anna expects to be readmitted to society as if nothing has happened. She is sadly disappointed and envious of Vronsky who is able to continue life as before. Even Anna’s closest friends who formerly encouraged her in her relationship with Vronsky now abandon her. By contrast, Vronsky suffers no disadvantages. He becomes a successful country landowner and travels freely to social events in the city. Anna is forced to stay at home. Feeling imprisoned, trapped and rejected, Anna’s neurosis begins to tear their relationship apart. Vronsky fails to understand Anna’s anxieties. Anna is a woman who can’t play with her feelings and therefore needs settled circumstances.

Anna’s deep insecurity leads her to unfounded jealousy. ”He hates me, it’s clear,” she thought, and silently, without looking back, she left the room with faltering steps. “He loves another woman, that’s clearer still,” she said to herself, going into her room. “I want love and there is none. Which means it’s all over, “she repeated the words she had said, “and I must end it.” A fatalistic streak follows Anna throughout the novel. From the railway man’s death at the beginning of the novel to the fatal accident with Vronsky’s horse to Anna’s own death which she has premonition of in recurring dreams. Anna’s death appears foolish and unnecessary to her and to the reader. She wants to punish Vronsky by throwing herself under a train. Anna had lost her perception of reality and felt overwhelmed by all her problems.

In the end, she was surprised at her own actions and in that same instant she was horrified at what she was doing. ”Where am I? What am I doing? Why?”

Levin and Kitty

The Levin- Kitty- story occupies as many pages in the book as the story of Anna and Vronsky and Karenin.

Levin is a reactionary landowner. He is never more content than when working on his country estate. He is against education and medical help for the peasants. Although reactionary in some ways in others Levin is very reform minded. He spends a considerable amount of time trying to resolve problems concerned with agriculture. Through Levin we see demonstrated the process of honestly thinking through difficult problems that have no easy answers.

Levin shows us the way to think and behave authentically. This is also connected to his search for spiritual truth.

Kitty is Levin’s chosen bride and the third daughter of the Shcherbatsky’s. At the start of the book she has two rival suitors, Levin and Vronsky. Kitty’s mother is attracted by the playboy charms of Vronsky, whereas the father, a much more down- to- earth man knows that Levin is the right man for his daughter. The two of them share common beliefs and outlook on life.

Levin proposes to Kitty and is rejected. In his deep hurt Levin buries himself in his farm work and tries to abolish all thoughts of Kitty from his heart and mind.

However, for Vronsky, Kitty was just the latest of a long line of frivolous romances. Vronsky, in his carelessness does not understand the deep pain he causes Kitty. It was clear to Kitty and her family that Vronsky should have followed up his interest in Kitty with a marriage proposal. His failure to do so left a deep mark in the Shcherbatsky family with Kitty falling into a deep depression. Vronsky’s relationship might have ended in marriage but in the meantime Vronsky has met Anna and now only has eyes for her.

Kitty’s wounded heart is eventually healed. Levin has a chance glimpse of Kitty early one morning in the countryside through which he realizes he is despite all his efforts still in love with her. When Levin and Kitty meet again it becomes obvious that their relationship has a second chance. Levin’s proposal is met with happiness by Kitty’s family.

Levin is euphoric with joy and so worked up in his emotions that he can barely sleep. Throughout this process of despair and hope we can see the integrity and uprightness of Levin’s character. Levin comes across as an innocent, uncorrupted child. Nonetheless, his vision of married bliss soon runs into reality. Both partners have to find their place and their role in this marriage, and that is sometimes painful. This marriage illustrates the authentic process of how a successful marriage comes about in marked contrast to the marriage of Dolly and Stiva which is riddled with lies and deceit. Whereas Levin had to get used to having a wife on his country estate, he was still in his familiar surroundings with the familiar faces of his household and peasants. By contrast, Kitty had to get used to a new lifestyle in strange surroundings and find her place in a household that had been running quite well without her. It took Kitty some time to be respected in the household.

He saw how the old cook smiled, admiring her and listening to her inexperienced, impossible orders; he saw how Agafya Mikhailovna thoughtfully and gently shook her head at the young mistresses new instructions in the pantry; he saw how extraordinarily sweet Kitty was when she came to him, laughing and crying, to tell him that the maid Masha kept treating her like a young girl and because of it no one listened to her. A milestone in Levin and Kitty’s relationship is when they go to take care of Levin’s dying brother Nikolai. Nikolai is dying of consumption and Kitty shows herself to be a capable and loving carer of the bed-ridden patient. Kitty understands about basic nursing care and is therefore able to bring some dignity into the last days of Nikolai. Levin was astounded and impressed by his wife’s abilities having originally forbidden her to come with him.

This shocking encounter with death reinforces Levin’s concerns over his views and beliefs in God. Alongside agriculture, the quest to discover spiritual truth is Levin’s main motivation in life. All of Levin’s friends and relations are believers but Levin is still searching and does not consider himself a believer when he marries Kitty.

Near the close of the book Levin finds the answers he has been searching for. He now discovers a new source of contentment. Despite this revelation, Levin still finds his familiar traits such as anger pursuing him in everyday life.

“How’s that? Remembers God? Lives for the soul?” Levin almost shouted. “Everybody knows how- by the truth, by God’s way. People are different. Now, take you even, you wouldn’t offend anybody either…..” “Yes, yes, good bye!” said Levin, breathless with excitement, and, turning, he took his stick and quickly walked off towards home. A new, joyful feeling came over him. At the muzhiks words about Fokanych living for the soul, by the truth, by God’s way, it was as if a host of vague but important thoughts burst from some locked- up place and, all rushing towards the same goal, whirled through his head, blinding him with their light. Our last view of Levin and Kitty is enjoying a healthy family life following the birth of their first son.

Anna and Karenin

Aleksey Aleksandrovich Karenin is a career minded civil servant who has a highly organized life style. His entire day is strictly regulated. There is no opportunity for spontaneity in his life. Karenin is many years older than Anna and their marriage was arranged. Karenin was an orphan. This upbringing has infected him so much so that he has no close relationships with anybody. He is not able to give himself or display any emotions. But he is very responsible regarding his duties. He considers himself a model husband in that he provides for all Anna’s material needs and gives her a secure home. He is also a moral, upright character in that he does not have affairs with other woman and conducts himself appropriately.

Anna becomes repelled by his appearance after she has met the handsome playboy stud Vronsky. Several of Karenin’s traits deeply annoy Anna, in particular his ironic and condescending way of addressing her. Anna deliberately decides to teach herself that Karenin is ugly and unfeeling in order to justify to herself her relationship with Vronsky.

At St. Petersburg, as soon as the train stopped and she got out, the first person who attracted her attention was her husband. “Oh, my God! Why do his ears stick out like that?” she thought, looking at his frigid and distinguished figure, and especially the ears that struck her at the moment as propping up the brim of his round hat It soon becomes apparent to all concerned that Anna and Vronsky are having a liason and the gossip soon spreads. Karenin appears to be in denial almost paralysed into inaction unable to believe that something like this could happen to him. He only considers reacting when he sees the negative effect it has on society. Karenin is at a complete loss how to deal with the situation and attempts to speak to Anna about it. She acts the innocent:

He stops her, says it is necessary for him to speak with her, but she answers, with surprise, “With me?… Why, what is it? What about?… Well, let’s talk if it’s so necessary but it would be better to get to sleep”. Karenin is eager to preserve the status quo but Anna forces the issue by telling him outright that she has an affair with Vronsky. Karenin has a dilemma. Karenin considers all the options open to him. He decides to reject a divorce because of his religious views and because of the scandal it would cause. Instead he hopes that Anna would repent and come back to him. Later, he softens his opinion and there appears some hope for Anna that a divorce might come about. However, this hope is soon dashed because Karenin comes under the influence of countess Lydia Ivanovna and her friends. Lydia Ivanovna is secretly in love with Karenin and therefore wishes Anna ill.

Despite the divorce not taking place, Karenin still finds his career coming to a standstill and turns increasingly to religion as a solace.

This apparently negative occurrence has a positive outworking on Karenin himself. Free from the stringent demand of his career, he is able to show a more humane face to the world. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that he takes care of Annie, the bastard child of Vronsky and Anna.

Although Anna perceives Vronsky as an unfeeling monster, the reality is in fact quite different.

Dolly and Stiva

Stiva is Anna’s brother. He is also a government official. But unlike Karenin, Stiva is a classic example of a bad husband. He has had numerous affairs with low class girls. He does not take his family responsibilities seriously and he keeps his family short of money while he enjoys a lavish lifestyle. He is a hedonist whose main aim in life is to have enjoyment and pleasure.

Dolly, Kitty’s oldest sister, is a worn- out, harassed mother of several children. The opening of the book deals with a marriage crisis as Dolly had discovered Stiva’s latest affair with a member of their own household.

Anna mediates between the estranged parties and brings them back together. She does so by telling Dolly what she wants to hear namely that Stiva is sorry about his affair. This of course is not true. Stiva carries on in his familiar ways.

Stiva’s affairs are accepted by society because they are not as serious. They are indulgences, not passionate romances. Moreover, he does not choose married upper-class women to have an affair with.

Dolly admires Anna and remains a true friend until the end. Anna’s actions gave Dolly courage to stand up for herself. She is later able to take control of her own financial affairs whereas Stiva finds himself increasingly in debt.

Dolly maybe made the better choice by staying with her unfaithful husband as when she compares herself to Anna, she understands the difficulties of Anna’s position. A cheated wife was in a better position than a despised mistress.

Dolly was able to love her family despite having an imperfect marriage whereas Anna was unable to be committed to either her children or her lover because her love was not selfless enough. Would anyone in Anna’s position be able to bear the pressure that was upon her?

Anke Witte

Vorgestellt von Jasmina Reimann

Leo Tolstoi - Anna Karenina

„Alle glücklichen Familien sind einander ähnlich, aber jede unglückliche Familie ist auf ihre besondere Art unglücklich“
Mit diesen Worten wollen wir uns heute von der größten Ehebrecherin unserer Zeit verabschieden:

Anna Arkadjewna Karenina

Nachdem sie ihren angesehenen Mann Alexej Aledandrowitsch Karenin,
der als hoher Beamter tätig ist, und ihren Sohn Sergej Alexejewitsch Karenina verlassen hat,
um mit ihrem jungen Geliebten Graf Alexej Kirillowitsch Wronski in wilder Sünde zu leben,
und deren gemeinsamen Tochter Anna Karenina,
wurde nun bekannt, dass Anna Karenina sich vor einen Zug geworfen hat.
Durch die dauerhafte Psychische Belastung,starke Eifersucht und Selbstzweifel,
verlor sich Anna Karenina in Wahnideen von nicht vorhandenen Nebenbuhlerinnen.
Da ihr Zustand immer schlimmer wurde,
verwandelte sich ihre Liebe zu Wronski in Hass und in den Wunsch Wronski mit ihrem Selbstmord zu bestrafen.
So kam es zu dieser schicksalhaften Tragödie.
Wir bereuen wirklich sehr das Anna Karenina so von uns gehen musste.

In stiller Trauer,

Alexej Alexandrowitsch Karenin (ihr Ehemann)
Sergej Alexejewitsch Karenin (Serjoscha genannt, ihr Sohn)
Anna Alexejewna Karenina (genannt Anny, ihre Tochter mit Wronski)
Graf Alexej Kirillowitsch Wronskij (genannt Aljoscha, Geliebter Anna Kareninas)
Fürst Stepan Arkadjewitsch Oblonskij (ihr Bruder)
Fürstin Darja Alexandrowna Oblonskaja (genannt Dolly, ihre Schwägerin

Jasmina Reimann 2017

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