Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy Essay example

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1) a. By having Pozdnischeff tell his story to someone else, Tolstoy allows the reader to interpret the information for themselves. If the story was told as a first person narrative, the reader would not have had the comparison of values between Pozdnischeff and the other people on the train. b. Tolstoy describes many aspects of the people on the train. He seems to emphasize on their faces and their reactions to the statments spoken by each other character. He does this so that the reader may get a clear representation of who the person is both internally and externally. c. Before Pozdnischeff tells his story, the group on the train discusses the major themes of the novel. Each character seems to have varrying opinions on love,…show more content…
In Pozdnischeff's eyes, doctors contributed to his "fall" by promoting and "extirpating" sexual freedom. c. ** 3) a. According to Pozdnischeff, most women were raised "according to the principals exacted by the situation of our society." The women of the wealthy class were brought up and educated to entertain men. They participate in the same "prism...of artificial life" by going to school and getting jobs. All women are "decieved daughters" in Pozzdnischeff's eyes because they "are all dependent upon man." b. Pozdnischeff's claims regarding women's rights are that it is acceptable that they are not equal because they "assume their vengence" through their beauty. Man's lust for women has helped to make them "all-powerful." 4) a. Pozdnischeff takes so long to get married because ever since he was a child, he was raised on the ideal of the "perfect woman" and it took him thirty years to find her. He is drawn to her by her beauty, her "slender body" and her "curling hair." He later explains that it was only what she was wearing that was so "becoming to her" and that after a day spent with her, he desired to sleep with her. Pozdnischeff's parents lived happilly and always stayed true to one another giving him the ideal that domestic life is like that in all situations. He believed marriage would be happy forever. Pozdnischeff's honeymoon was "a period of uneasiness, of shame, of pity, and, above all, of

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