Analysis Of Anton Chekhov Versions Of The Lady With The Pet Dog

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Sexuality is expressed differently in every country and culture on the planet. To an even greater extent, males and females have different views on how to handle intimate situations. These views are made evident in Anton Chekhov’s and Joyce Carol Oates’ versions of “The Lady with the Pet Dog.” Currently, our society incorrectly assumes men to crave sex and women to be infatuated with love. The emotional aspects of sexual relationships, the treatment of unfaithfulness, and the treatment of sexual partners all show how society has separated genders, although they are similar. Males are known to be uncaring, and focused more on physical aspects of relationships. Gurov is no exception, he disregards females emotions. He lets Anna “have her cry” …show more content…
Society pins men to be more likely to be unfaithful. Though this may be true, there is actually little difference between males and females. Gurov treats unfaithfulness as something he happens to partake in. He does not give too much thought to breaking his wedding vows, he is simply tired with his wife. Gurov “had begun being unfaithful to her long ago...[and]...had been unfaithful to her often” (Chekov 225). The nonchalant attitude this phrase creates adds to the readers perception of carelessness on Gurovs part. He has no shame in wanting change, and he is open about it. It has even let Gurov come to despise women in an odd way. He finds them boring after he uses them for a short time. Anna breaks this tradition, for the first time in Gurov’s …show more content…
She should, according to societal rules, be more reserved with other men for fear of others’ judgements. She equates marriage to something different. She believes marriage should be less structured. Anna mentions that “ they had been married haphazardly and accidentally for a long time” (Oates 248). Therefore, she believes in love over marriage as a bond. That idea leads her to be like Gurov in not caring about her husband or being unfaithful to him. She does not like him, so she does not associate herself to be married with him. In Anna’s world, she does not care if she is being unfaithful. She is really pursuing lust, while, possibly, disguising it as her definition of

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