The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

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Identify the "flat" and the "round" characters in Chekhov's the lady with the pet dog.

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Round characters in literature are usually complex personalities who are realistic. They have depth in feeling and passion, as real people do. Such characters have multi-layered personalities and usually undergo some transformation. They are almost always the main characters in a text, and their transformation directly or indirectly affects the course of events in a story. Conversely, flat characters are one- or two-dimensional and lack development. They regularly play the role of supporting cast. Such characters do not possess the depth found in round characters and often depict a stereotype. Flat characters seldom affect the plot or outcome of a story.

In Chekhov's story, Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna are round characters. They are the chief personalities in the story, and both come across as normal people who run the gamut of emotions, as ordinary people do. Both develop and undergo change. Dmitri's perspective of women transforms after he meets Anna. He falls in...

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