simple-minded one, but in reality it truly recognizes the mysteries
thoughts regarding his romantic liaison with Anna Sergeyevna.
Chekhov sets in the readers mind the nonchalant, arrogant attitude
appearance, in his character, in his whole make-up there was
something attractive and elusive that disposed women in his favor
and allured them? (par. 5). Chekhov even goes as far as saying that
author?s bluntness in displaying Dmitry?s arrogant character sets
what he thought was just another one of his many mistresses.
Anton?s theme of forbidden, yet undeniable love is present
throughout the story as the two characters realize their
unhappiness without one another. Although both were married,
each other. Chekhov?s forbidden theme is portrayed when both
people realize that their parting is necessary. Anna replies ?We are
parting forever – it has to be, for we ought never to have met?
(par.57). But their undeniable love is also portrayed as Dmitry flies
to Anna?s hometown to see her and she replies, ?All this time I have
The setting that Anton Chekhov chooses for this story is Yalta.
Anna?s husband. This isolated location gives the readers a perfect
view for the setting of the couple?s romantic liaison. The mention of
her dog at first reveals to the readers that she is just an ordinary
behind as she frolics with her new found love. The dog caught the
site of Dmitry and in turn brought him and Anna to meet for the first
time. ?He beckoned invitingly to the Pomeranian….The lady glanced
at him? (par. 8, par. 9).
Anton Chekhov is not against this betrayal Dmitry and Anna
are involved with. He illustrates this by allowing them to eventually
end up together, and leaves them discussing how they will go about
secrecy, for deception, for living in different cities, and not
seeing each other for long periods of time? (par. 120). He portrays
the unhappiness that is felt by Anna in her marriage and also
portrays Dmitry?s unhappiness as well. Dmitry referred to his wife
as having ?limited intelligence? (par. 4) and Anna referred to her
husband as ?flunkey? (par. 36). Chekhov combines this
unhappiness into a this forbidden and unexpected love.
Dmitry is the one true dynamic character of the story. In the
beginning of the story Chekhov portrays him as an arrogant man
that consistently cheats on his wife. Even at the beginning of his
affair with Anna he discards any real feelings he could have for her.
He imagines that ?the image of Anna Sergeyevna… would become
misty in his memory? (par.63), but in reality everything that
surrounds him reminds him of her. This remembrance and
realization of his love for her is so strong that it drives him to be by
her side. Chekhov captures Dmitry?s dynamic character change
vividly and evolves him into a loving and compassionate man.
?The Lady With the Pet Dog? is written with extreme lust and
passion. And it is not far fetched from the realities of today.
Adultery, although horrible as it seems, is in actuality a reality
among married couples. Chekhov captures this forbidden love in a
positive way, showing the escape these two characters are aching
for. Chekhov doesn?t reveal to the readers the spouse?s feelings,
for that would bring a negative drama to the story. This is a love
and Chekhov wanted to show his readers that true love is
everywhere, even in the most deniable places.
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