The Lady With The Pet Dog And Life After High School Summary
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he Lady with the pet Dog, and Life after High School by Joyce Oates both demonstrate satisfactions and frustrations of romantic relationships and dramatizes unhealthy and healthy forms of love in different ways. The similarities between the two stories is greater than the differences when it comes to romantic love, the unhealthy relationship between characters, and the plot’s structure. Joyce Carol Oates’, The Lady With The Pet Dog and Life After High School, both stories have similarities in their characters. They revolve around three main characters and are told in a third person point of view. Life After High School doesn’t uncover any of the characters true feelings or thoughts, and in The Lady With The Pet Dog, the story is limited omniscient, and uncovers Anna’s emotional isolation, depression and desire to find fulfillment in a relationship with a man. The Lady With The Pet Dog’s characters are Anna, her lover, and her husband. Just as in Life After High School there are three main characters; Sunny, Zachary, and Tobias. In The Lady With the Pet Dog, Anna, can’t find fulfilment in her marriage, and only finds pleasure in being with her lover even though her affair also brings thoughts of suicide and feelings of shame and guilt. Zachary can 't find fulfilment in his life and so commits suicide.
The unclear resolutions in both stories are due to the characters unhealthy relationship with others and guilt that resides in them. Anna’s resolution is her realization that