Do you think ANNA is right in committing adultery?what i feel is,she had two options.. 1.To kill her respect  in society to get her love 2.To suppress herself forever under the falsehood of her...

Do you think ANNA is right in committing adultery?

what i feel is,she had two options..

1.To kill her respect  in society to get her love

2.To suppress herself forever under the falsehood of her life.

Both had pain in  them...but she chose the first one..

Do you think she was right?plz justify.



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emratica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anna was definitely looking for a way out of her situation.  When the opportunity came along in the form of Vronsky, she saw it as a kind of liberation.  However, in order to gain her freedom, she had to sacrifice everything: her position in society, her home, even her son.  As a mother, there is no possible way I could pursue my own personal joy by leaving my son, even if I did hate the life I had.  Anna is selfish and absorbed in her own life problems.  She takes for herself with little consideration for the people around her, just like her brother, Count Oblonsky. 

Tolstoy contrasts the relationship of the selfish Anna and Vronsky with the loving but imperfect Levin and Kitty.  Their marriage is also difficult at times, and they go through their own share of trying situations, but instead of turning inward to focus on their own self-centered desires, they turn to each other for help and hope.

With that being said - No, I don't think Anna is justified in commiting adultery.  Yes, her husband is fairly awful and she is surpressed in her situation, but there is almost no excuse for abandoning your child to follow your own selfish impulses.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While it's true that Anna was in a loveless marriage, she made a conscious decision to violate her covenant and follow her feelings. I don't doubt that she loved Vronsky, but she clearly used him to leave her marriage. It is a particularly selfish act because she abandons her son. It is true that Anna lived in a time and place with few choices; however, she made a particularly selfish choice which ultimately led to her destruction because her innate sense of right and wrong was more powerful than her love for Vronsky. That is demonstrated in her near-disdain for her daughter, as well. She lived a life of suppression and lies even after walking away from her former life, and that is what caused her to take her own life. She might have come to the same end, eventually, if she had remained in her marriage. 

thewanderlust878 | Student

I think that Anna was neither right or wrong in her decision to be with Vronsky rather than her husband, I simply believe that her choices regarding the matter are completely based upon emotion. Being a female myself I think that her love for Vronsky and not Alexey forced her to commit a "crime" of sorts. She knew she was in love and did not completely care about the consequences, until those consequences came into play. 

ivana | Student

Anna decision is made out of love not just passion and that is what sets her above the corrupt aristocratic society. If she had kept adultery a secret (or at least a public secret) she would have been forgiven. She was excluded from society because she choose to he honest and true to her feelings so in that I feel compelled to justify her decision. The main villain of the story for me is the society that like in The Awakening leaves no way out for a women but suicide.

epollock | Student

Stories such as "the Storm" believe that passion is uncontrollable and almosta  force of nature to be reckoned with.  In most circumstances, literature does not deal with the psychological stress of adultery because to most it is just "something to do."

I wouldn't say that Anna is right or wrong, it was just her decision to do it. It would be possible to find evidence both pro and con, so at this time, I would have to agree with the character, but not necessarily with her actions.