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Literary Pairings

Even if you're not teaching the novel of Anna Karenina, you can still use the film to supplement your study of another novel. We offer some suggested literary pairings below. For further discussion about literary comparisons, see the After-Viewing Activities.

  • Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Sophocles' Antigone, Henry James's Portrait of a Lady, Henrik Ibsen's The Doll House, or Maxine Kingston's Woman Warrior: the conflict between a woman's desire for greater self-actualization and what society allows

  • Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: guilt, the search for moral understanding, Levin versus Raskolnikov

  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: unreasoning passion, families, social obstacles to love

  • Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence or Ethan Frome, or Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary: marriage as a social institution, forbidden love, social restrictions

  • Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: sin, guilt and retribution, hypocrisy and double standards, Hester versus Anna


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