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by Anton Chekhov

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How does the imagery in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog" emphasize the characters' isolation?

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A good example of how Chekhov builds isolation through imagery in "The Lady with the Pet Dog" is found in the very beginning of the story where he uses imagery of isolation to set both the tone and mood (i.e., atmosphere ) of the story. First of all, the reader is told "It was said." Ivan didn't say to Anna. Petrovich didn't say to Andreovich. It was said. Immediately, Chekhov has created a image of distance and anonymous people who talk at some unspecified place and some unidentified time in some indefinite conversation where it was said that a new person had arrived at...

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