Anton Chekhov 's The Huntsman And The Bishop Essay

1264 Words Jan 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Not being open to everyone, can lead one to be alone in the world. Anton Chekhov exemplifies many nineteenth century cultural aspects through his short stories including "The Huntsman" and "The Bishop". "The Huntsman" is a story centered on a class and gender division between a man, Yegor, and his estranged wife, Pelegea. Yegor believes that he is better off alone doing what he love, hunting, than being tied down to a wife he married only when under the influence of alcohol. Pelegea expresses her love for him but he is not willing to come back to her because of her social class. "The Bishop" tells the tale of a man plagued by false relations that ultimately leave him lonesome in a time where loved ones are most needed. The Bishop is apart from his family for so long as he pursues his duties to the church and does not make any other sincere connections. The Bishop is required to deal with everyone and ultimately makes no genuine connections with anyone. Anton Chekhov reveals how social divisions lead to isolation through characters that follow cultural limitations in his short stories. A common theme throughout all Chekhov 's short stories was the solidarity of the main character due to them upholding social class divisions. The setting around Yegor is described as "silent" and "motionless"(Chekhov) which is a direct reflection of Yegor himself. Chekhov initially presents the huntsman as alone through his use of imagery of the surrounding area. This lonely feeling soon…

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