Analysis Of Anton Chekhov's 'Gooseberries'

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Nineteenth century Russian author Anton Chekhov wrote numerous short stories regarding life in Russia. Throughout his works, he portrays the difficulties that city dwellers and peasants endured in early Russia. Chekhov utilizes various literary devices, the most employed being the setting. Indeed, Chekhov makes use of the setting to bring forth the moral distress the characters endured and the main hardships Russians faced in the 19th century through “Gooseberries” and “The Bishop”. “Gooseberries” is a tale narrating the story of a man who had a noble heart and ideals. As he gradually gained power as a land owner, those values became corrupt and he turned into a ruthless man who oppressed less fortunate people. In this story, the author shows the Russian society: how the wealthy built their fortunes on the suffering of the poor. Indeed, through various settings in the same house, Chekhov clearly highlights the inequality of society at that time. “In one of the barns there was the sound of a winnowing machine, the door was open, and clouds of dust were coming from it” (Chekhov 55).This sentence provides a description of the lower floor of Alehin’s house. Indeed, with words like “barn”, “dust”, the author describes how neglected the lower part of the house was. Therefore this is portraying the conditions of the peasants in early Russia. In opposition to the first floor of the house, it is seen that the upper one is well kept as described on page 61: “They were both taken
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