Essay on Lady With The Pet Dog

710 Words Dec 12th, 2014 3 Pages
Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekov and The Lady with the Pet Dog by Joyce Carol Oates are two very similar short stories about romance and infidelity. Both stories follow unhappy married individuals who happen to fall in love. The plot and resolution are similar but the perspective of the stories differ largely. Other differences include setting, characters, and the structure of the story.
In Chekhov’s short story Dimitri Gurov is a forty year old banker who is no longer faithful to his wife. He refers to her as “of limited intelligence, narrow-minded, and dowdy” He is somewhat a womanizer. Going as far to say that woman are “the inferior race”. While vacationing in Yalta he meets Anna, a young lady who is also unhappy in her marriage. The two begin to have an affair and fall in love. He finally realizes that Anna is the emotional and intellectual excitement he has been looking for. He travels to meet Anna in her hometown and finds her at the theatre. There he confesses his love for her and expresses how she is all that his wife is not. They plan to meet in secret in Moscow and plot on how they can remain together. “…they were within an inch of arriving at a decision, and that then a new beautiful life would begin.”
In Oates’ telling the main character is Anna. She is married to an unnamed man. She meets a man introduced only as “the stranger” during her stay in Michigan. The tale starts off with Anna seeing a familiar face at the theater. We learn that…

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