Novel
Zhu, Justin

Middlemarch

Wed, Nov 28, 2018
N Novel E Eliot

Discussion Questions for Middlemarch: Character Perspectives and the Evolution of Romance Character Perspectives Eliot’s examination of the romantic relationship takes on multiple perspectives, ranging from the social to the psychological to the scientific. For example, take this example of the introduction of Dorothea. It’s plays more towards the psychological rendition of Dorothea – her thoughts and beliefs in context of her own individual experiences. … in his niece Dorothea it glowed alike through faults and virtues, turning sometimes into impatience of her uncle’s talk or his way of “letting things be” on his estate, and making her long all the more for the time when she would be of age and have some command of money for generous schemes.

Book II Anna Karenina

Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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Alexey Alexandrovitch’s jealousy Alexey Alexandrovitch is a pretty hard-working, earnest guy who is great at his job. Tolstoy does indicate Alexey’s rather limiting qualities, primarily his lack of personality and his inability to act upon certain events that are extremely improper and striking. Alexey is a direct contrast to the emotionally charismatic Count Vronsky. It is the union of these two men that make Anna most emotionally fulfilled. > Alexey Alexandrovitch was not jealous.

Book III Anna Karenina

Wed, Nov 7, 2018
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Levin’s Mowing and Labor: Discussion Questions Book III contains scenes of Levin mowing the fields. Levin counted the carts, and was pleased that all that were wanted had been brought, and at the sight of the meadows his thoughts passed to the mowing. He always felt something special moving him to the quick at the hay-making. … Once in a previous year he had gone to look at the mowing, and being made very angry by the bailiff he had recourse to his favorite means for regaining his temper,—he took a scythe from a peasant and began mowing.

Book I Anna Karenina

Thu, Nov 1, 2018
N Novel

Chapter I-IV Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Professor Fisher noted that this piece starts in media res, with Stepan (Stiva) waking up in a rather pickled situation where his wife has found out that Stepan has been having an affair with the governess. Tolstoy is extremely precise in presenting the psychology of characters. Stepan, rather than thinking about the consequences of his extramarital affair, is more concerned about feigning remorse in front of his wife.