In Anna Karenina, what is Tolstoy's attitude toward Anna and other women, and does Anna have any redeeeming attributes?
The story of Anna Karenina takes place in a 19th century Russian patriarchal society in which men are dominant, and females are seen as weak. Tolstoy punishes Anna throughout the novel. First, he gives her manly attributes such as her bawdy treatment Karenin, and her tendency to go on horseback as a point of dislike.
Then, he punishes her psychologically with her disillusionment with life, and her lack of passion in marriage.
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I believe that Tolstoy feels that women were being treated incorrectly at the time he wrote this book. He puts most of his main characters as women, which allows him to go more in depth with their way of thinking and their attitude towards how society is treating them. I also believe that Anna has many positive attributes, including being a very protective and good mother, along with being a kind and gentle woman who is a very good listener and can help almost anyone with any problem they may have.