I have a world literature submission due and I am wondering how to compare Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that a really interesting discussion point with both of these works would be to examine how the authors feel towards women through the protagonists of each.  Essentially, the question becomes whether both of the authors believe that women are subjected to enduring difficulty in their social contexts or do they bring their difficulties upon themselves.  There is much to suggest both lines of logic and I think that it might be something to examine in terms of how each author views the social dimensions in relation to womens' voices.  Both authors develop literary characters who make terrible choices.  The question becomes whether these choices are brought upon by poor decision making in their own right, or whether their choices are responses to social contexts that fail to validate women's experiences.  Along these lines, I think that a really interesting study can emerge into the role of dreams and how dreams impact these women.  Are the the dreams or hopes they pursue reflective of their own misguided priorities or the result of a social condition whereby their own dreams represent their only hopes of finding peace.  These might be interesting topics to examine in both works.