Saturday, April 20, 2013
Kundera's comparison of animals to humans has many moral, and sociological implications. One, that animals are less powerful than humans. Two, that they have less dignity. They can poop without questioning their bodily functions or their relation god's bodily functions. Three, Karenin seems to be the most selfless being in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Tomas hurts Tereza, Tereza hurts Tomas. Franz hurts Marie Claude by having an affair, Marie Claude drives Franz insane. But Karenin is always nice, and as Teresa points out in the movie, she is not forced to love Karenin. She loves Karenin for 'better reasons'. I think the same idea is true in reverse: Karenin loves Teresa and Tomas for who they are, and for their companionship- not for sex, love, or Platonic reasons like Teresa and Tomas's relationship.