Anton Chekhov’s, the Lady with the Pet Dog Essay

1182 Words Mar 24th, 2011 5 Pages
Anton Chekhov’s, The Lady with the Pet Dog, is a short story about an adulterous man, Dmitry Gurov, who falls in love with a miserable married woman, Anna Sergeyevna. The two find each other in their times of loneliness and quickly become involved in an affair. They soon have to say goodbye when Anna must return home to her sick husband. At first in the story Gurov refers to women as “the inferior race,” yet he confesses that he feels more comfortable with them than he does with men, but as the story progresses you see Dmitry’s opinion change. In The Lady with the Pet Dog, you see how love affects a person deeply and has the power, not only to change their views on the world, but overcome their fears.
In the story the protagonist, Dmitry
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Anna finds passion in the arms of a complete stranger rather quickly because she sees in him what she does not see in her husband. Dmitry first describes Anna as beautiful with lovely gray eyes yet pathetic, timid, naive, and he grows bored of her rather fast. A short time into their affair, Anna receives a letter from her husband saying that he has eye-trouble and begs his wife to return back home. She leaves Yalta hastily and Dmitry and Anna say goodbye to one another, for what they think will be the last time they see each other. In the story, Dmitry refers to woman as “the inferior race” but at the same time says that he is more comfortable with them than he is with men. He also admits that he is unable to live without them. Chekhov makes it clear that Dmitry’s character views women as objects, takes them for granted, and has little respect for them. It is clear in the story that Anna, not only thinks the world of Dmitry, but she is also falling in love with him, while Dmitry sees her as a member of the inferior race and just another one of his many mistresses. Throughout his affair with Anna, Dmitry recognizes his mistakes and the consequences of his actions, but fails to realize he has fallen in love with Anna, until after she has left to go back home to her sick husband. At home in Moscow, Dmitry cannot stop thinking of Anna and even dreams of her from time to time. At

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