Chekhov and Oates "The Lady with the Pet Dog" Comparison Essay example

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Though the similarities and differences of characterization in Chekhov and Oates's different versions of "The Lady with the Pet Dog" are evident, the purpose only becomes clear for the reader when the two versions are read and compared. The stories have different settings, but the characters in the story remain the same. There is Anna, Dmitry, and their families. Although their families are mentioned, each member remains without any description and therefore they begin to seem almost unimportant.
Both Anton Chekhov and Joyce Oates chose to tell the story using a third-person narrator. This is one of the most important aspects of the characterization because if other characters were allowed to appear more within either story, the
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The reader would have felt sympathy for her and this story may have become one simply of an affair and not one of love. This is why both authors used a third person narrator. This allowed a round character which the reader could sympathize with and even forget the sinfulness of his/her endeavors.
The major difference between the two stories is that Chekhov uses a male main character where Oates's chooses to look at the story from the female perspective. This gives us two totally different points of view. Through Chekhov's version the reader can see the masculinity and confusion involved in the relationship from a man's perspective. Dmitry begins by describing women as "the inferior race" and then later in the story says this only to save face while drinking with friends, but thinks of her as above him. It shows the male confusion and struggle involved with realizing love and then finally the male's total sacrifice for this love. Oates on the other hand shows a typical woman filled with different emotions. Anna experiences guilt, lust, and at times even a wish for death. Oates simply shows a female insane because of confusion and a woman that wants certainty and love. Chekhov on the other hand shows a male that at first denies his capability of loving his mistress and then falling completely in awe with her. Although the two authors took a different approach, both did a wonderful

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