Lady With The Pet Dog Chekhov Analysis

Anton Chekhov, Henry James, and William Faulkner, all twentieth century prominent short story authors, explore the particular theme of love throughout each of their stories. “Lady With the Pet Dog” portrays a married man, Dmitri Gurov, who while on vacation, usually flirts with many women that he encounters. However, he eventually falls in love with a woman who is also married and vacationing in Yalta, Anna Sergeevna. Although he gains feelings for the woman, the two are unable to have a normal relationship due to their marriages. Meanwhile, “Daisy Miller” similarly depicts how Frederick Winterbourne falls in love with a youthful Daisy Miller while both are on vacation. Winterbourne desires a relationship with Daisy; yet, full of spirit, she …show more content…
Although both characters have a spouse, they choose to continue their complicated relationship, exemplifying the love they pertain for one another. In the beginning, through her first glance towards Gurov, Anna instantly feels attracted to his cunning charm. In fact, when she “looked at the ship and the passengers through her lorgnette, as if searching for acquaintances, and when she turned to Gurov, her eyes shone. She talked a lot, and her questions were abrupt, and she herself immediately forgot what she had asked”(636). Through her first encounter with Gurov, Anna’s strange and clumsy actions exemplify the immediate connection that she feels toward the charming man. Moreover, Gurov appears much older than Anna; on the other hand, his usual actions towards women vanish as he begins to display compassion to Anna, for she presents him with a true feeling of happiness. Chekhov states, “He was genuinely warm and affectionate with her, but yet in his manner, his tone, and his caresses there had been a shade of light irony, the coarse condescension of a happy man who was, besides, almost twice her age”(638). Gurov commences to treat Anna with tenderness, unlike the meaningless women of his prior encounters, causing the difference in age to take no effect on the couple. In addition, both Gurov and Anna understand that, …show more content…
Not only does Winterbourne enjoy the youthful spirit of Daisy Miller but also admires each aspect of the young woman’s appearance. In fact, he “had not seen for a long time anything prettier than this fair countrywoman’s various features- her complexion, her nose, her ears, her teeth”(1170). Winterbourne analyzes each aspect of Daisy Miller. His admiration of her personality and appearance lead to the overwhelming love that he feels for her. Concurrently, Winterbourne admits that some of her youthful behaviors are less than appealing; nevertheless, the outstanding feelings that he cherishes for Daisy cause him to mourn for her love. Winterbourne argues, “‘She is completely uncultivated,’ Winterbourne went on. ‘But she is wonderfully pretty, and, in short, she is very nice. To prove that I believe it, I am going to take her to the Chateau de Chillon’”(1176). Winterbourne disapproves of Daisy socializing with other men, for he desires all of her attention, hoping to have a relationship with the free spirited woman. In the end, Daisy reveals her mutual love towards Winterbourne. Moments before dying, Daisy ensures that someone inform Winterbourne of her faithfulness to him, demonstrating her astounding love for her

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