Saturday, December 1, 2012
Anna Karenina - How to find happiness
Tolstoy seems to suggest that emotion, dominating rational thought, can be lead to one's downfall. However, we also find that emotion may be the only way to understand life and death. When Levin's brother is dying, Levin is paralyzed by his intellect. His wife Kitty reacts with compassion and thoughtfulness to comfort Nicolai, and she does not dwell on the great questions of life and existence. Emotion has a place in this world - it helps us deal with situations where rational thought cannot. However, our emotions can also lead us astray if we cannot control them.