The most accurate label for Romanticism would seem to be a revolt of the spirit. This revolution exceeded the mind and broke out into a socio-political reality in the form of the French revolution in Europe. This violent and destructive movement, however, does not epitomize the idealism felt by those artists that were labeled the Romantics.
Levin, in his relations to the other characters in Anna Karenina, seems to exemplify goodness, or at least the potential for righteousness — for Tolstoy. Anna, while, according to Nabokov, was loved by Tolstoy, obviously lacked a certain characteristic, or quality, that kept her from righteousness and led her down the wrong track. Like Anna, [...]