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by Anton Chekhov

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How do Gurov and Anna change over the course of the story?

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The characters in "The Lady with the Dog" change in significant ways, but one of those changes is that they develop more self-awareness of what their basic personalities are. Although Gurov and Anna are initially attracted to what they perceive as differences in each other, as they get to know each other, their attraction is strengthened by the discovery of fundamental similarities. In particular, they share a sense of alienation from their middle-class social environment.

In part because Gurov is older and he is male, he had been acting out his dissatisfaction with social conventions through having meaningless affairs. He comes to admit that route has not brought the satisfaction he sought. Anna, being younger and female, internalized her distance from those expectations through unhappiness and feelings of inadequacy. Finding a way to be honest about herself involves, paradoxically, deceiving her husband and betraying her marital vows. Their psychological changes include the...

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