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In the novel Anna des, troubled times were occurring for the people in Hungary in the early 1920s and the recent years before it. Dezs Kosztolnyi

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Brandon Pizzaia 11/23/12 Option #3 A Downfall by Multiple Roots In the novel Anna Édes, troubled times were occurring for the people in Hungary in the early 1920’s and the recent years before it. DezsÅ Kosztolányi not only unfolds the story of a middle class couple who (like the rest of their community) struggle with these historic hardships which are sharply reflected throughout the novel, but also provides the reader with tremendous amounts of insight about Hungary during this time period along the way. Focusing on the Vizy couple and their overworked maid Anna, the story demonstrates how their tragic downfall is brought on not only by these drastic historic changes in their homeland, but by other influences as well. Although Dr. Moviszter places the blame of this catastrophic event on the poor treatment that the servant received by her masters, there are many other influences that impacted his claim and the reason of Anna’s atrocious actions. In addition to the struggles that were tied to the changing times in the society of Hungary, battles with characters’ inner conflicts and the issue of class relations also played vital roles in the unexpected outcome of the novel. ...read more.


He tells Mr. Tatár that showing compassion towards servants will not realize, but will bring the society closer to realizing the ideal of everyone being master and servant at once, which will ultimately bring human equality (p. 83). The way that Dr. Moviszter responded to Mr. Tatár on this subject is highly significant because it allows the reader to see early on that Dr. Moviszter had always been wholehearted toward servants, (which eventually led to his controversial statement during the trial) which is an emotion that is foreign to most of the characters in the novel. Having said this, DezsÅ Kosztolányi widely separates Dr. Moviszter from most other characters, who look down upon the idea of everybody being equal and who do not take the time to understand servants or show consideration towards them like Dr. Moviszter does. Kosztolányi also demonstrates how different groups of people had varied feelings of a society without distinct classes versus one with classes that separated its members. Although the statement made by Dr. Moviszter during the trial was partially influenced by his passionate side, the major foundation of his belief was that Anna carried out her crime because of the treatment she received. ...read more.


Moviszter placed the blame of the double murder on the poor treatment Anna was receiving. Anna could only fight through the reign of these two ruthless masters for a limited time until she eventually lost control of herself and acted solely on her spontaneous and critical actions. As the story of this tragic downfall unveils itself, the reader acquires a great vision of Hungary during this historic time period. The impacts that this time had on the novel’s many characters were visible in their actions and beliefs, and showed that the view of the communist movement varied among different groups of people. Dr. Moviszter’s compassion towards servants could be used as a tool given by Kosztolányi to demonstrate that human equality was a belief that was more prevalent in some people than others. Although the doctor places the blame of the horrific murders on the treatment that Anna’s employers gave her, there were multiple influences that led to that tragic event. It was the overpowering combination of numerous factors that played a role in the disastrous collapse of the main characters, and these factors are: the effects caused by the drastic changes in the social order of Hungary during this time, the deep rooted internal conflicts that both Vizy’s faced due to these changes, and multiple external issues such as the never ending debate of human equality in Hungary. ...read more.

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