By giving the novel her name, it seems that Tolstoy wants us to take Anna as the heroine of the novel -- or, if you prefer, the novel's philosophical center. Is Anna a heroic character? Do we feel sympathy for her? How does she compare to the other central female characters Dolly and Kitty? Do you think Tolstoy was making a comment about society's double-standard regarding adultery? After all, Anna's brother is also an adulterer, but the consequences of his actions are very different.