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Trading Salvation for private Gratification at Anna Karenina The epigraph of Anna Karenina: "Vengeance is mine; that I shall repay, saith the Lord," suggests that ruling is now a theological entitlement (Romans, 12:19). Tolstoy employs both social and moral issues to illustrate his characters' attitudes towards faith. For Oblonsky, Vronsky, and Karenin, religious values are somewhat secondary. Their lives are devoted to establishing a social stance and monetary gain. Levin finds salvation and happiness because they learn to live for something beyond themselves and devote their lives to spreading the goodness of the Lord. Like Levin, Anna responds to her psychological instincts, but she is mesmerized by society's conclusion. Anna distances herself from salvation by looking for only personal gratification within her love affair. Oblonsky values his indulgent societal life and his job above everybody else. He lies in direct comparison to Levin, who concentrates not only on the relentless pursuit of enjoyment, but takes joy in his work and devotes himself to his nearest and dearest. Stiva finds significance in existence only from his private interactions, although he often ignores commitments to his spouse and children. Religion is simply another social institution, and he's got no relationship with God: "Oblonsky couldn't bear standing through even a short church service with no his feet damaging, and could not see the purpose of all those terrible, highfalutin words in regards to the other world if it would be very gay to live in this one too" (7). Similarly, Vronsky is totally devoted to his army career and his status as a top society player. He pursues Kitty with no intention of quitting her; he deserts her the minute he lays eyes on Anna. Vronsky seems.