Comparative analysis: “The concept of love as a destructive force in Anna Karenina and One Hundred Years of Solitude, and to what extent it is depicted in each novel.” Shahla Sayeed
June 16 2009
In Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, and One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, we are presented with complex life stories immersed with emotional situations which allow readers to interpret or reflect upon, unraveling the unique relationships between the characters involved in them, in addition to the opinions they generate in the societies of their respective settings. It is clear that these two phenomenal pieces of literature are in a way isolated from each other in the sense of realism and overall literary style, but the elements which they have in common are especially important, because they allow us to make meaningful generalizations in certain aspects of life. In the case of the two chosen novels, the concept of romantic love and relationships are essential to consider, not only because they are so profound, but also because of the many implicit and explicit tools the authors use to stylize them in their work, but when romantic love is described more as a potentially destructive force, readers are presented with themes which are far more significant and re-occurring in our world than the more fictitious (and positive) types of relationships. There is no better way to understand the true nature of a relationship unless the readers are given an insight of the characters’ motives and inner conflicts, and this ‘insight’ is presented to us differently in each of the novels. In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy takes readers on a journey through the minds of different principal characters, not through a direct first-person point of view, but rather a deeper, third-person omniscience, depending on the situation and the characters involved. This way, there is a clearer view of what characters really perceive as...