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Compare and contrast “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov and “The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Chekhov's version of the story is written from the man's standpoint, involving himself and Anna, a woman (with a pet dog), who he meets on vacation.  They begin an adulterous affair.

The man (Dmitri) is used to having affairs, and they generally end with his disgust over how something so beautiful becomes so ordinary--every time.  He has nothing but a superficial relationship with his wife.

When he meets Anna, and then they ultimately part, he believes it to be just another one of his flings.  He waits for the memory of their time together to fade with time, but he cannot forget her.  Dmitri goes to find her in her home town.  She has also been missing him terribly, and though horrified that he has sought her out where she lives, she agrees to travel to Moscow, where he lives, to see him.  Hence, the affair resumes.

There is a child in the story: Dmitri's daughter.  At one point he walks with her, drops her off at school, and continues on to meet Anna.

When they are together, Anna...

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