SLAVIC 210 Study Guide - Final Guide: Proverb, Omen, Criminal Negligence

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First sentence of book
French proverb: happy people have no history
If you are happy, you are boring
It takes personal history and stories to create happiness
Resemble because they don't have stories
No irony
Connects to Anna: she could have a happy empty life
All of them started simple, as get more complex became less happy
Page 4
Body affects mind and vice versa
On knees you will pray if you are praying you're on your knees
I did wrong but i had no choice (recurring)
Abdication of responsibility
Self deception
Page 5
Stiva’s involuntary smile
Dolly hates this but it is what she originally fell in love with
Page 9-10
Stiva took the political views of those that were in style
Inauthenticity
Page 30 & 31
Convo between Levin and his intellectual brother Sergey
Consciousness more than neurons firing
Levin wants a straight answer
Page 48
Levin going to Stiva saying he wants to marry Kitty
Stiva says “I’ll come someday
Emphasizes Stiva’s hedonistic character
Inability to take responsibility
Levin values family while Stiva values women
Romantic vs. prosaic love
Page 57
She was getting dresses at home and he came in
Kitty puts herself in Levin’s POV and realizes he is going to purpose
Empathy and morality
Connect to BK → Alyosha feels empathy toward Grushenka
Page 71
Vronsky goes to pick up his mom and Stiva goes to pick up Anna
Small moments matter
Peasant with a sack, dog winging
We notice details subconsciously that affect our feelings (Anna feels guilt)
Registered in your subconscious and connects to morality because even if you
do or feel something consciously it has moral value
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Anna and countess Vronsky got off the train and talking with Vronsky
Start of her and Vronsky’s love
Page 76
Worker was crushed
Bad omen→ Foreshadowing
Connects to romantic love because “it happened to her”
Idea that there is a set plan for her and removes responsibility from
herself
Subconsciously registers in Anna because that is how she kills herself
Seems irrelevant but it all comes together in the end
Page 79
Anna remembers everything about Dolly’s kids
Attention to detail
Inauthentically caring
Seemingly effortless care
Anna does not give sympathy but just says sorry
Page 81
Worse for the guilty than the innocent”
Morally superior vs. inferior
Connect to BK
Page 92
Black dress
Simple but expensive
Capacity to surprise
Grey eyes → represents wisdom and he connects to Athena
Efforts to make it seem like she's effortless
Wilful tendrils
Contrived simplicity
Shows her narcissism
Page 95
Conversation with Kitty and Anna and Vronsky
Watches Vronsky chase Anna
Anna knows he comes with a challenge which makes it more intriguing
No empathy
Cloud of possibilities
Looks for meaning in little things because her own life doesn't have
meaning because it is inauthentic
Page 97
Vronsky chooses Anna
Anna’s eyelids droop because she knows what she's doing and does it anyway
Line between psychological psychological → mind affects body and body
affects mind
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Shows Levins character
Oppressive view of women
Attached to tradition
Idealized concept of love, doesn't want to marry for social standards
Values family over women
Tries to apply a model to life rather than internalizing the situation
Once he lets go of this model him and Kitty become happy
Connect to reforms
Anna is too deterministic to realize she needs to change
Page 120
Anna criticizes Karenin's ears
Attitude toward their relationship has changed
Cause of her changed perception not just an effect
Self deception
Changes perception of situation to justify her actions
False looking
Connect to Sergey saying line drawn between psychological and
physiological
Page 124
Morality of looking with her son
Shows Anna has a certain idea of what people should be like
Sets her up for inevitable disappointment
Page 131
Class system
Vronsky’s non-traditional values
Mysogyny
Saying you should go with the flow
Elemental force
Page 162
Jealousy
Going against elemental forces (so natural to feel jealous)
Leads up to brutal force (his refusal to divorce)
Page 165
After the dinner party
Speech that Karenin planned to give to Anna but does not
Bureaucratic language looks at it like a political decision
Page 178
Applicability of models
Levin tries to impose English practices on his land and struggles
Looks for the right answer but right answer in one context may be different in
another
Morality is complex
Example of elemental force
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