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The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
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May 03, 2009

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This was interesting in that at the same time Tolstoy represented a somewhat current view of feminism (that of being against the objectification of women and sole use of them as objects of pleasure) at the same time it was so full of anti-woman (hate for the very thing that incited such lust and so purposefully and solely lived to do so) that the result is a Hamlet-like monologue that goes back and forth between self-hate at being such a sexual animal (as well as hate toward society for bringing up men in such a way) and hate toward women for being so salacious (no such rational explanation is given for why they are this way). This is much more than a commentary on marriage, it's a rant on female and male relations that offers the solution of abstinence and higher pursuits for men, and no such alternative for women. If you ask me it's an argument for a solely male population that ends in the death of humankind. It's definitely worth reading for Tolstoy's depiction of jealousy and the unraveling of the mind. More than anything it's a jolt at just how far we've come in gender equality but also perhaps a jolt in how much farther we have to go if remnants of this life style, upbrining, and thinking still hold.

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