The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

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Discuss plot by identifying the conflict and the resolution according to Freytag's pyramid for Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog."

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The main conflict in the story is Gurov's struggle to find meaning, truth, and beauty in a world that so often feels devoid of them. Gurov's brief dalliance with the titular lady with a pet dog has opened up new horizons for him, but so long as he remains stuck in his current life, he has no opportunity to explore them in any depth. To compound the problem, Gurov recognizes this as an ever-present conflict in most people's lives—one that they never seem to resolve.

By the close of the story, there's no sense that Gurov has managed to resolve this conundrum. He's got it into his head that the only way that he can find meaning, truth, and beauty in his life is by being with Anna, yet it's by no means apparent that this strategy for dealing with life's ugliness will...

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