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Identify the "flat" and the "round" characters in Chekhov's the lady with the pet dog.

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slazzy | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted February 27, 2007 at 11:35 PM via web

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Identify the "flat" and the "round" characters in Chekhov's the lady with the pet dog.

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 27, 2007 at 11:53 PM (Answer #1)

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The difference between flat and round characters lies in the view the reader gets of the character. Did you only see one side of the character, one personality? Then that character would be a flat character. If, instead, the author gave you various insights to the different personalities within a character, that character would be round. In "The lady with the pet dog" both Gurov and Anna are round characters, Gurov because the author follows him and his thoughts as his opinion changes on women and love, and Anna because we see both her desire to be true to her husband as well as her desire for Gurov. THe flat characters are the supporting roles in the cast, i.e. Anna's husband, Grurov's wife.

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