Anna Karenina, eternal symbol. Review by Isabel del Rio

Anna Karenina, eternal symbol. Review by Isabel del Rio
Isabel del Rio

Anna Karenina. Novel and movie of an eternal symbol. Review by Isabel del Rio.

Anna Karenina movie poster

Anna Karenina movie poster

Anna Karenina has been, is and will be an eternal symbol for every woman. Review by Isabel del Rio.

Anna Karenina is one of my favorite fictional characters, no doubt. The novel is fantastic but I forget usually the novel, as a whole, to focus on her, on Anna and her human passions. Yes, because Anna Karenina is an ordinary woman, a woman with the same feelings as every woman I’ve known… with the same feelings I’ve ever had. She loves the life and she loves her son. She is young and she obeys the rules of a repressive society. Who could blame her for it? Everybody is afraid of the consequences of swimming against the tide. However, how long can a person with a zest for life be obedient? How long can an ardent person to be hidden in the dark? Only she needed a chance, to meet a bold young man: Count Vromsky. In this very moment, she knew she would break all those stupid rules that she had not created. Of course, she struggled with herself for a while, she knew the end.

Victim of society, Anna Karenina, alone, rejected for not being one of the common people, she was forced to commit suicide.

The question is: what would I have doing knowing (as her) the terrible end? No doubt, to live. Because to live was to break the rules, as she couldn’t live being semi-dead. With her decision, Anna’s life was shorter and with a tragic end. Without this decision Anna’s life would have been nothing, a dull dream of emptiness.

Anna Karenina is my favorite novel by Leon Tolstoy. Now, a movie is released. Directed by Joe Wright and starring by Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Sumptuous film about the Russian nobility and with the eroticism of a love triangle. But I never forget that Tolstoy was writing advised by his wife Sophia… Anna Karenina was his wife? Well, I’m afraid but she was. Sophia and Anna, two sides of a same reality.

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  • how i love this story – the story so familiar to so many – lived by so many even – and what real choice did anna have – the same principles of society remain in place today – those of forbidden love – forbidden passion – how could anna continue a physical life when her heart was broken – shattered by society’s sanctions – and the literal instrument she chose as the means to her own death was identical to the figurative instrument of the only life she knew – the only love she knew – a speeding train bearing down upon her – the phallic symbolism of which is not lost, either – just as love and passion had come barreling into her life – a loveless life of quiet desperation devoid of all but the ordinary – and then – then comes this magnificent man who sweeps her off her feet and into love and life just as the train will do in death – there is another novel with the same/similar plot – the age of innocence by edith wharton in the early 20th century – brought to film a number of years ago, directed by martin scorsese and starring michelle pfeiffer, daniel day-lewis and winona ryder – it was beautifully done and another of my all time favorite love stories –

    thanks so much for another reminder of this marvelous love story – i can’t wait to see the film!

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