Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Best Senior Thesis in Literature
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Nicholas Warner
© 2020 Bridget M McCarthy
This thesis addresses the elements that contribute to the compelling narration and artistic merit of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I approach this topic through a comparison of the novel’s two main plotlines, the first containing the affair between Anna and Vronsky and the second being the relationship between Kitty and Levin. By examining the similarities and differences between the two plotlines, I identify key messages woven into the work. My examination of stylistic and thematic aspects between the two main plotlines reveals the work’s inner continuity and gives insight as to how Tolstoy wrote such a captivating novel.
McCarthy, Bridget, "How Tolstoy Works: Narrative and Characterization in Anna Karenina" (2020). CMC Senior Theses. 2474.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.