Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and what it means to be a virtuous woman

Starting at 864 pages, Tolstoy Anna Karenina difficult to summarize in a 750-word essay. That said, in short, Tolstoy’s longest novel—considered the best of all time by many—tells the story of two romantic relationships. There’s Anna and Vronksy, who’s caught in a lie and finally implodes, and there’s Kitty and Levin, who struggle at the beginning but grow into a beautiful and sweet marriage. And on top of that, the book’s two female leads, Anna and Kitty, couldn’t be more different.


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