The Lady Of The Pet Dog

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Although Kashtanka was unaware of what was happening and what her master was saying, she eventually realized that the same thing that happened to Ivan Ivanitch, would certainly happen to her: “It seemed to [Kashtanka] that the same thing would happen to her, that is, that she too, there was no knowing why, would close her eyes, stretch out her paws, open her mouth, and everyone would look at her with horror” (VI). The death of the goose allows Kashtanka to reflect on her own life and wonder when she will be next. Of course, it is natural to react in this way when someone else dies and this Chekhovian theme not only allowed for the main character of the story to reflect on her own life but also allowed the readers to understand that death can …show more content…

I am sure that it is hard to think of a Chekhov play or story in which no death occurs; however, the short story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" is an apparent exception. In this case, no one in the story dies or has died. Yet within the story, Chekhov ensures that there is a hint of death in the air. Gurov 's spiritual journey and his transformation from woman enthusiast to a man tenderly devoted to a single ordinary woman has proven to be a journey of withdrawal from life. Although his life as a ladies’ man and adulterer was not ideal, it was nevertheless vital to who he was as a man and without it, he has killed a prominent part of …show more content…

All in all, Chekhov used death and illness as a prominent theme in many of his works. Through these themes, he arrived at a larger picture of the human experience and established a profound amount of realism within each story. Unlike many authors, Chekhov seemed haunted by the notion of human vulnerability since he was diagnosed with tuberculosis for much of his adult life. Rather than using death and illness to end a character or create a tragic ending, Chekhov uses death and illness to outline and capture the inner experience and external response of his characters. Given his medical background, Chekhov’s own experiences contributed to the realism of his mature stories. After these Chekhovian themes are presented to the readers, we can take our own thoughts and further relate to the characters. Additionally, Chekhov leaves room for his readers to interpret the symbolic experiences of the characters and draw our

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