Essay on Analysis Of Anton Chekhov 's ' The Lady With The Dog '

1521 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
In discussions of deceitfulness, one controversial issue has been if it is ever right to lie. Both Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog” and Stephen Carter’s “The Insufficiency of Honesty” argue that lying can be rationalized. On the other hand, some people argue that lying is never virtuous as it misleads others. However, I argue that, lying can be justified if it is not used for malicious intent, because it is often used selflessly to protect the feelings of others. This is because no one wants to be cruel and upset someone by telling the truth when the lie protects that. Being nice is considered socially acceptable and telling the truth is often the opposite. Why tell the truth and loose someone you love when a little white lie can protect them? Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog” furthers the point that although lying can be deceiving to not only others but yourself, it also can save others feelings. Through the story, Chekhov demonstrates how living a secret life one in which a person is seeing other people outside their marriages although it is a lie, telling their spouse could hurt them. Anna, Dimitri’s mistress states, “how can I justify myself?…I despise myself and have not the least thought of self-justification…it is not my husband I have deceived it is myself. And not only now, I have been deceiving myself for ever so long” (468).

In other words, Anna believes that she cannot give any reasons for her actions and she herself does not think there is…

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