The Figure of Countess Lidia Ivanovna

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The beginning:
The Figure of Countess Lidia Ivanovna
Throughout Tolstoy’s great work “Anna Karenina,” the figure of Countess Lidia
Ivanovna
, while not a primary character, is an important part of the narrative. The figure of the Countess is associated in the text with emotion and duplicity, and her presence serves to provide depth to the character of
Alexey
Karenin
. Indeed, seen through her eyes,
Karenin
becomes someone very different than the
Karenin
known by Anna.
Countess Lidia
Invanovna
is introduced as a very upright and religious woman and as a friend to
Karenin
.
Karenin
says of the Countess to Anna that “she takes everything to heart” (Tolstoy 100), which suggests that the Countess reacts to things in a more emotional, visceral way rather than...
The end:
.....characters in the book, this brief study of the Countess indicates there is far more to her character than is immediately apparent and that more work should be devoted to secondary characters such as the Countess. Without this so-called secondary figure,
Alexey
would cease to be a primary or even an important character. He would have no reason to interact with anyone, and could observe life from a distance without really feeling or therefore living. In effect, the character of
Alexey
would be dead without the Countess whose emotions keep him present (and alive) in the narrative. Indeed, examining the character of the Countess breathes new life into the text itself.
Works Cited
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2003.