by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Part 8, Chapter 9 Summary
- Levin continues to question the meaning of life, and he spends time rereading all the men who might help him: Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Schelling, Hegel, and Schopenhaur.
- Levin can understand and accept these authors' arguments, but only if he disregards real life and real experiences.
- Throughout the entire spring, Levin believes that he cannot live without answering these questions: who am I? Why am I here?
- He is briefly entranced by the teachings of the Church, but after reading the histories of two churches – the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholic – he sees that each one shares many teachings with the other, but that both reject the other entirely. So he cannot sustain his belief in either one.
- These questions so absorb Levin that he is convinced he will either hang or shoot himself. But he doesn't. He goes on living.
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