Leo Tolstoy's novel, Anna Karenina, upon its release received a
mix critical reception, with Russian critics either condemning
or applauding the novel primarily on its views of Russian society.
Thematically, the novel parallels its heroine's, Anna Karenina,
moral and social conflicts with Constantin Levin's internal struggle
to find the meaning of life. There are many others underlying themes
which links the novel as a whole, yet many critics at the time only
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all a delusion. Yet if we
live as naturally as possible, we can get a better grasp on the true
essence of life as Levin does in the novel. He finds joy out of
working and enjoying the fruits of his labor, instead of indulging
himself in the materialism of the hypocritical aristocrats. Modern
culture has lost this aspect of life and we need to check ourselves
before we lead our lives into a downfall.