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The Lady with the Dog

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Austin Tullis
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Prof. Atkinson
The Lady with the Dog The Lady with the Dog encompasses a story of star crossed lovers, Dmitri Dimtritch and Anna Sergeyevna, who yearned to be with each other, fighting against all odds. Dmitri is an older gentleman who is married but gets bored quite easily with the married lifestyle and seeks out casual relations with many different women viewing them as just an object. Anna on the other hand is an innocent woman who feels as though she is in a rut with her husband and has lost feelings for him but feels far too guilty to leave him. She does in fact feel as though she needs to be alone or rather enjoying the company of other people by vacationing away from her husband, but why bring a dog into this story? Even though the dog may not seem as it plays a big role in the story it certainly plays a key part where Dmitri uses the dog to create a way to interact with Anna for the first time. However the dog will show up again towards the middle with a different approach but still being a key factor in a deciding moment. There are many cases in this story where you will be led to believe a typical outcome that many love stories have but you will be thrown a curve ball where this might look like more of a tragedy, such as what was seen in Romeo and Juliet. Anton Chekhov, the author, made this story very intriguing by leaving gaps in some parts of the story for the reader to interpret what the outcome would be. I was fascinated with how he left the story hanging in the end leaving my mind to race in multiple directions of what could have been of the two lovers. The setting of their meeting place in Yalta placed a vivid description of this beautiful scenery where it serves as a getaway for Dmitri an Anna and a symbol of freedom where they are not tied down by their normal, miserable lives. Chekhov does a wonderful job of ‘painting a picture’ for the reader meaning he gives life and detail to many aspects in the story. I was more so intrigued of how he portrayed the two different people where Dmitri is a philanderer or womanizer old in age and Anna as a mysterious and innocent woman who is relatively young about his daughter’s age. The lovers worry about what meaning they have to each other with the age difference being a factor. The reason this caught my attention was because of the time period this could be set in, was it morally right or wrong for such a big age difference to be accepted? Out of the Characters in this story I feel as though Anna stood out as my favorite. She was an innocent person who was trapped in a feeling of love that was beyond her reach and I’m sure many, myself included, can related to wanting something so bad but it lying just out of your grasp with no way to reach any further to receive it. This would also relate as a goal in life and having many obstacles in your way having to fight through it or in the case of this story sneak around it. Being as both the main characters are married they cannot have a life known with each other. Dmitri makes a statement about this, “I live two lives, one open, seen and know by all who care to know and one running its course in secret.” This is a powerful statement that stood out to me showing that he knows what he’s doing is wrong but he has found a new love that he can’t let go of and that sends a powerful message to make you think if it was a good or bad decision, sort of like a necessary evil. The love that is portrayed in this story is highly captivating and makes for a realistic feeling of the struggle people go through to find that love and hang on to it. Chekhov really puts his readers mind to work in the story leaving the reader, you, to think of what would be or might be for the future of the lovers when the story cuts off. What is another interesting aspect the author shows is that he never really ends the story; he merely leaves it as an open book where you will decide, based on your reading, the outcome for the lovers. This story will make you reflect on life and truly make you think of how susceptible people can be to change when their heart is in the right place even though it may not seem like the right idea. Love is a complicated thing as Chekhov clearly shows from all of the obstacles that are given to the protagonist but he also shows how driven people are to have that feeling from another that they do what initially would never have been done. Chekhov must have lived in a time period where divorce was frowned upon because many people today would see that as a quick and easy solution, but in this period it was a struggle to have feelings for another and no you cannot act on them. I would recommend this story to be read as though its content may be a bit out of date it still shows the climb and determination we have in our instincts to fight for what we want no matter the cost. The relation of these lovers and real life struggles are what make this story so remarkable and interesting. Chekhov speaks to the public as a whole through this telling you to never give up no matter how hard or impossible things seem. Immerse yourself in this story and you will not be disappointed from the feeling you get when you read the end as reflection to real life.…...

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