Analysis Of ' The Looking Glass ' Essay

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T-I-M-E; this word spelt out has such a vast concept that is hard to truly understand. Time shapes people in ways they never imagined. During the time Anton Chekhov wrote, “The Looking Glass”, women were nothing more a than mere means of reproduction. Women were expected to monitor the home and raise children while men were away from the homes working. Chekhov centralizes his focus on two major themes; the fact that human beings can never escape death and knowing too much of the future can cause depression. At the time Chekhov wrote “The Looking Glass”, modernism, had a significant impact on this short story. The reader can see the short story’s theme being shaped by modernism and the era in which it was written through the characters, symbolism, and the setting. Chekhov starts this short story on New Year’s Eve in the bedroom of a middle class teenager that is staring blankly into a mirror. The dialogue in the beginning indicates the time in the mid 1800’s. The narrator explains the hopes and dreams of the main character by saying, “Dreaming day and night of being married.” (par 1). As Nellie, the teenage girl, stares into the looking glass, the background turns into a dreary, gray, fog. Slowly a human starts to appear out of the fog. Chekhov wrote, “It was he, the destined one, the object of long dreams and hopes.” (par 2). Leaving the reader to conclude that the man that appeared, is her future husband. The dream shows her pictures of their life together continuously,…

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