Infidelity in Anna Karenina

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"Vengeance is mine, I will repay" is the opening statement in the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Although the reader does not know whom I refers to in the statement, he can be certain that someone will pay for whatever act has been committed. Thus far in the novel, many motifs have emerged that could lead the speaker to want vengeance. The most important of these is the motif of infidelity. From the very …

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…an outside party but by their own hands. They will have to pay for their betrayal and dishonesty. As one can see, infidelity leads to the break up of marriages, and the destruction of lives. The individuals that partake in this betrayal our responsible for the revenge that society gets on them. They determined their own fates by their actions. They will get punished in the end for the acts of infidelity that they committed.