Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.473-475 SIEC No: 19880919

In this summary, the author discusses how accurately & effectively Tolstoy portrayed the suicidal process of the heroine, Anna, in his novel, Anna Karenin. He uses Shneidman’s 10 commonalities of suicide to illustrate his point. For example, the common purpose of suicide, says Shneidman, is to seek solution. “Death”, says Anna “would solve everything.” The common stiumulus in suicide is intolerable psychological pain. Tolstoy leaves us no doubt about Anna’s torment.