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Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary

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Literature, as part of Art is not only designed to entertain but to create awareness of understanding an idea or an issue. Novels that focus on morality not only offer lessons about how humans should act and live but also offer to the reader or the audience the opportunity to learn the effects of making poor moral decisions without having to experience them in their own lives. Furthermore, literature tries to teach an aspect of human behavior by the experiences and transformation of characters and the resolution of a conflict. A common conflict, Illusion versus reality, forms a significant component of many works of literature. As is in the case of two famous novels Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Some characters live their lives based on illusions that eventually distance them from reality. However, both novels represent a one common message that comes through: accept your life for what it is and live that life. ...read more.


Nevertheless, her illusion distances her from the pleasures of true happiness. Leo Tolstoy takes a pro-family position in the novel. The author describes the real happiness that is found inside the family, and the character Levin exemplifies this point. Anna's life ultimately loses meaning, whereas Levin's attains it, as the end of the novel announces, "My whole life apart from anything that can happen to me, every minute of it is no more meaningless, as it was before, but it has the positive meaning of goodness, which I have the power to put into it." (Part 8, Chapter 19). Ultimately, Tolstoy leaves the reader with the conclusion that faith, happiness, and family life go hand in hand. Karenina's illusions contributed to her downfall and eventually her death. Anna Karenina lives the consequences of her extramarital affair. Anna lives in disgrace and shame, after deciding to leave her husband, son, and society. ...read more.


In consequence, she had spent the novel searching for love, only to realize on her deathbed that her husband, for all his faults, always loved her. Emma's illusion contributed to her downfall. As Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary was blind with her definition of love, and both shared a superficial view. Emma idealistic romance, influence her to clandestine infidelity and immoral actions. Evidently, Emma's adulterous relationships were not love, but sexual satisfactions. The realities of Emma's relationships were the leading factors that contributed to her tragedy. Madame Bovary decision of suicide reflects the impact that reality has in her character. Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary are characters who did not continue a meaningful life due to their conflict of reality versus illusion. Since both novels are considered tragedies, the main characters have to be worth saving. Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, where worth saving because they had already achieved valuable accomplishments. However, their illusions made them denied their achievements and positive characteristics. Their illusions blind them from even becoming greater and using their gifts for helping others. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ruiz, M 1 ...read more.

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