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“Kinds of Love” in the Early Works of L.N. Tolstoy

Author(s): Aèlita Bazilevskaja
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: personality; emotional and spiritual development; states of love; movement; Russian literature; Lev Tolstoy

Summary/Abstract: A number of early works by L.N. Tolstoy is devoted to the problems of love in itsmodifications, modulations and shades. Tolstoy who, as an artist, discovered the law of“fluidity” of human person proves here that love states are multidimensional and changeable,that movement is the nature of love itself. Love feeling goes through its different kinds: from“beautiful” and “selfless” love to ideal, highly moral “active” love. Gradations are relative,differences among “kinds of love” are caused by degree of presence of subjective-egoisticelement. Stages of “dialectics” of feelings are interconnected with emotional and spiritualdevelopment of the personality. Tolstoy is sure that man is free in choice of his own way inthe life of heart and in his responsibility for it to his own life and other people.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: XII
  • Page Range: 153-173
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Russian