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What is a major turning point in this story that affects both the plot and...

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greggreg | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 20, 2007 at 7:55 PM via web

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What is a major turning point in this story that affects both the plot and characterization, chekhov the lady with the pet dog?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 26, 2007 at 8:28 AM (Answer #1)

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A turning point might be in part 3 when Gurov leaves his home and goes to find Anna in her provincial village. This is when Gurov's obsession finally leads to action on his part, and where we learn more about his character.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 28, 2007 at 10:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The climax, the most intense part of a story,is the turning point because it determines the outcome of the main conflict. The most important struggle Gurov has is within himself. He easily attracts other womenbut doesn't respect them. When he first meets Anna, he just wants a casual fling. He knows from "really bitter experience" how complicated an affair can be. He keeps this cool attitude toward the affair until he returns home to Moscow. Then he realizes he can't forget about her and goes to her town to find her. It is at this point when he realizes he is no longerthe type of man who can have a casual affair with a woman. Anna has changed him into a responsibleman who no longer feels women are "the inferior race". The two of them truly love each other.

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