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Justine asked:

I dont understand how many women dislike and hate Anna. That's why women hate each other and are always seemed as less. they Attack themselves. One never sees guys doing that among each other and they always have their backs. Why nobody condemns Karennin's attitude towards Anna? Why women seem to defend count Vronsky an obvious ladies' man?

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Dennis Hedrikson You actually know enough people who've read Anna to say generally how men and women react to different characters? You're very lucky in your friends. To your point, the reason, I think, Tolstoy is a great writer is that he understands ALL his characters, he doesn't glorify or condemn them. If you want a cheering section for Anna go read some Chick-lit, there's plenty of it. The book makes no sense if judged by contemporary moral standards; well, why didn't she just get divorce; or an abortion? why did Vronsky feel isolated in Italy; why didn't they go to marriage counseling; why didn't she call the suicide hot-line. The book's greatness is in the telling of the tale, the comparisons between all the relationships, that Anna can fix Steva's marriage but not her own, Levon and Kitty vs. Anna and Her men, etc. Just the hunting scenes are worth the whole book.
Maybe I'm thinking of the recent movie, but the first time we see Vronski, what is he doing? He's giving money to the family of the worker who had been killed in the opening train accident; of course that has parallels to Anna's suicide,(that's what makes for great writing) but it clearly shows that Tolstoy's not presenting you with an unfeeling cad, but a sensitive and responsible person.
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