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" ... We can see Anna as either a deeply liberating, and liberated figure, or as an equally deeply imprisoned and repressed figure."

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Introduction

" ... We can see Anna as either a deeply liberating, and liberated figure, or as an equally deeply imprisoned and repressed figure." Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's masterpiece, exposes the heroine through different lights in different sections of the novel. From the outside looking in, Anna is viewed as a liberated figure. This occurs before we are allowed to explore her character to a greater extent, where it is then noted that she is indeed not without flaw. Her jealousy eventually overtakes her mindset and she becomes imprisoned by her thoughts. When we are first introduced to Anna's character, she seems just as perfect as she is described by the other characters of the novel: beautiful, kind, and liberated. ...read more.

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After starting her affair with Vronsky, her personality did change, it may even be noted that she became more of an individual, and less a victim of Russian code of society of a woman. It became known to most of her society that she was having an sexual relations with a man other than her husband as she was seen with Vronsky on numerous occasions. From the outsider's point of view, freshness is what is seen in Anna Karenina, but when closely examined, it does become obvious that Anna is guided solely by her jealous love for Vronsky. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Vronsky is accepted in society, he often has meetings to attend, which ultimately offends Anna. This jealousy is never resolved and in due course, she commits suicide due to the "imprisonment of her thoughts". Anna Karenina is ultimately shown as both a unique and liberating woman and a repressed woman of imprisoned thoughts although realistically, we see more of her character reacting on impulse as that of one of very repressed feelings.. There can be a definite separation of where she transforms from being liberated to becoming repressed- as her relationship with Vronsky grows stronger- but we do see somewhat of a repressed character in the old Anna and we also see slight liberation in the new Anna. ...read more.

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