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Give a summary of the short story "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov.

“The Lottery Ticket” is a short story by Anton Chekhov about a middle-class couple that believes they have won the lottery. Ivan Dmitritch is skeptical of his wife spending money on lottery tickets...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov?

In this one-act play, Chekhov satirizes marriage conventions among the land-owning aristocracy of Russia in the nineteenth century. The characters of Natalya Stepanovna, who is twenty-five years...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 12:49 pm UTC

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A Problem Summary

The main theme in Chekhov's story is leniency versus punishment, two opposing philosophies regarding justice. In the story, Ivan Markovitch (Sasha's maternal uncle) argues for leniency, while...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 4:06 pm UTC

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What is a character sketch of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov in Anton Chekhov's play A Marriage Proposal? 

Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov is a prententious, proud, self-serving, argumentative, impetuous, hysterical hypochondriac. A wealthy landowner, he comes to his neighbor with the overt intentions of...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015 5:01 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the short story "The Lottery Ticket"? 

This story conveys the theme that even the idea of having money can make us feel dissatisfied with what we have. Further, money—even the thought of it—can distort our priorities and make us...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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What is the theme in the story of "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov?  

At the beginning of "The Lottery Ticket," Ivan Dmitritch is described as a man "who lived with his family on an income of twelve hundred a year and was very well satisfied with his lot." He is...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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Describe the characters of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov, Natalia Stepanovna, and Stepan Stepanovitch Tschukobov in A...

A Marriage Proposal is a farce that pokes fun of romance and marriage within the upper class as the consideration and pride in property takes precedence over love and marriage with Chekhov's...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016 8:56 am UTC

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In "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov, how does satire help to convey the tone of the play?

Anton Chekhov's "The Proposal" is usually classified as a farce, rather than satire, because it is a short work that focuses on a single idea in a limited way with comical stereotypes such as the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2013 6:49 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov?  

Themes for this one act play by Chekhov that is a comedy or a satire, include making fun of romance and marriage. Chekhov examines the true nature of marriage, an institution of necessity in his...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2009 9:59 pm UTC

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The Proposal By Anton Chekhov Questions And Answers

The Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov is a farce aimed at the Russian aristocrats' pride in and ownership of property as the overriding measure against love and romance in the consideration of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 7:24 pm UTC

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In "A Problem," compare and contrast the characters of Ivan Markovitch and the Colonel using details from the story.

In "A Problem," Anton Chekhov depicts a familial dispute centered around Sasha Uskov, who (to quote the story itself) "had cashed at one of the banks a false promissory note" (as translated by...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 3:36 am UTC

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In "The Lottery Ticket," what is an explanation of how the internal and external conflicts influence each other?

With his detached artfulness, Anton Chekhov creates conflicts within a seemingly complacent marriage, conflicts that are generated by the idea of money. For, when the middle-class Ivan Dmitritch,...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013 5:36 pm UTC

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What is the theme in Chekhov's short story "A Doctor's Visit?"

In Chekov's "A Doctor's Visit" the theme that I notice is the difference between appearance and reality—how easy it is for pretentious, egotistical and ignorant people to pretend to care for others...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 5:04 pm UTC

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What is being satirized in Chekhov's story "The Lottery Ticket"?  

In "The Lottery Ticket," Chekhov satirizes, among other human foibles, our tendency to project onto others the flaws and negative qualities we are loath to recognize in ourselves. The fact that the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2017 10:16 am UTC

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I need a critical analysis of Anton Chekov's "The Proposal."

[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] Anton Chekov's humorous one-act play, entitled "The Proposal"...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 6:14 am UTC

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Please provide a critical analysis of the story "The Chameleon" by Anton Chekhov.

"The Chameleon," at only four pages, is one of Chekhov's shortest short stories. Despite this, it is crammed with the psychological acuity and profound moral insight one would expect from its...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 8:24 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the main conflict and resolution of the stories "Lucero" and "The Lottery Ticket." 

The conflict in "Lucero" is essentially to do with luck. Since both Ruben and the traveler fired at the same time, neither is in the wrong. The internal conflict is something Ruben must face if he...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013 9:50 pm UTC

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Cite three examples of indirect characterization to portray Sasha in the short story "A Problem"

There are four methods of indirect characterization: through the character's actions through the character's thoughts, feelings, and speeches through the character's the comments and reactions of...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2015 5:09 am UTC

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Discuss how Chekhov's "The Lottery Ticket" symbolizes the greed in human nature that has the potential to destroy...

When "The Lottery Ticket" begins, Ivan is described as being content with his current life. However, after his wife asks him to check the lottery tickets (her number was 9,499–26), and he finds the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 4:57 pm UTC

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What is the climax of "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov?

"A Marriage Proposal" ("The Proposal") by Anton Chekhov is a fast-moving farce with stereotypical, ridiculous characters. Portraying the upper-class courtship in nineteenth-century Russia as a...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2013 7:27 pm UTC

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Discuss humor in the story "The Chameleon" by Anton Chekhov.

Most of the humor in "The Chameleon" is satirical, poking fun at the overly hierarchical and deferential nature of society in Tsarist Russia. The main character of the story, Otchumyelov, is an...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 2:11 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "A Marriage Proposal" by Anton Checkhov ?  

In "A Marriage Proposal," there is an indication that the intentions of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov to marry his neighbor stems from something other than love because Natalia, who has lived near him...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 3:01 am UTC

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In "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov, what is the incongruity in this play?

Anton Chekhov's one-act play is a farce which depicts an absurd situation stemming from Stepan Stepanovitch Tschubukov's failure to inform his daughter of the purpose of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov's...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2013 3:55 am UTC

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How does Ivan Dmitritch wish to spend his leisure time on the estate in “The Lottery Ticket” ?

"The Lottery Ticket" is a short story by Anton Chekhov, first published in Russia in the year 1887. Within the story, a man named Ivan Dmitritch, who has always been "very well satisfied with his...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

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In Anton Chekhov's short story "A Problem," explain how the three uncles' influence on Sasha allows him to become a...

Due to conflicts or challenges, a dynamic character is one who changes (either in personality, character, or attitude) as the story progresses. In A Problem, Sasha has forged his uncle's signature...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 3:46 pm UTC

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What is the source for the quote by Anton Chekhov "We shall find peace, we shall hear angels..."? What story/book was...

The complete quote reads: "We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds." The source is the play "Uncle Vanya" I read that a variation of this quote is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009 5:23 am UTC

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What is "Joy" by Anton Chekhov all about?

The story reminds us of the bewildering variety of ways in which human beings can experience joy. The protagonist, Mitya Kuldarov, is overjoyed to read about his drunken exploits in a local...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018 7:30 am UTC

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How does "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Checkov relate to the real world?

Chekhov's 'The Lottery Ticket' explores all the real world challenges of being a ticket winner. Both Ivan and Masha's paranoid fears are indicative of the kind experienced by individuals suddenly...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015 4:02 pm UTC

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How does Chekhov use satire in his play, A Marriage Proposal?

In "A Marriage Proposal" Chekhov is poking fun at the courtship rituals of the Russian upper classes. Marriage is presented in the play as being dictated by the needs of economic necessity and...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018 9:03 am UTC

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in "Lucero" and "The Lottery Ticket" briefly describe the setting in each story. How important is the setting to each...

The setting in "The Lottery Ticket" is the modest home of a middle class family. This is stated in the first sentence: Ivan Dmitritch, a middle class man who lived with his family on an income of...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013 4:46 pm UTC

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What is the main theme in Anton Chekhov's short story "The House with the Mezzanine"?

According to Carol A. Flath ("Art and Idleness: Chekhov's 'The House with a Mezzanine'"), one of Chekhov's signature themes is the contrast between work and idleness. As Flath says, this theme is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 5:20 am UTC

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In "The Bet," once the wager has been made , are the protagonist and antagonist in conflict?  

Interesting question. Most teachers stress the basic conflict types. Man vs man, man vs. society, man vs. nature, and man vs. self are the most basic conflict forms. At the beginning of the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 1:33 am UTC

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In Anton Checkhov's play "The Marriage Proposal,"  what is the point of view?    

The simplest answer to your question is that Anton Chekhov's "A Marriage Proposal" is written in the third-person point of view. Throughout the play, the audience sees the actions of everyone, not...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 3:20 am UTC

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What is the symbolism in The Proposal by Anton Chekhov?

Appropriately named to allude to the well-known simile "as stubborn as an ox," "Oxen Meadows" comes to represent the strong wills of Natalya and Ivan. Both are convinced that they have true...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 1:47 pm UTC

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How would you describe Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov’s character in Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal?  

Anton Chekov's A Marriage Proposal follows the awkward intentions of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov, a hypochondriac who wants to marry Natalia, the daughter of his neighbor, Stepan Stepanovitch...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016 4:01 am UTC

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What aspects of human nature does Anton Chekhov attempt to explore?

One of the aspects of human nature that Chekhov consistently explores is that of sincerity and genuineness. In many of his stories and plays, characters find themselves being torn by circumstances...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 10:10 pm UTC

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What is the main theme in Chekhov's short story "Peasants"?

The main theme in "Peasants" is that violence, ignorance, moral degeneracy, and severe impoverishment were unfortunate realities of peasant life in nineteenth-century Russia. In the story, Chekhov...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 6:34 pm UTC

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IN "THE LOTTERY TICKET" BY ANTON CHEKHOV,  DESCRIBE THEIR CONVERSATION AS IT GOES FROM JOYFUL TO SERIOUS?

I don't think it's really right to say that their conversation changes because all of the move from joy to seriousness and dissatisfaction is going on in Ivan's own head. The couple actually says...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009 9:29 am UTC

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What request does Sasha make of Ivan at the end of "A Problem"?  

Sasha demands that his shocked and disbelieving uncle Ivan Markovitch give him a hundred rubles. He asks this despite the fact that Ivan has just managed to convince Sasha's relatives to pay off...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 10:45 am UTC

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What is a common topic or theme in the stories of Anton Chekhov?

One theme or message Chekhov expresses repeatedly in his short stories is that the happiness of the privileged is based on the silence or invisibility of those who are poor, oppressed, and...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019 6:46 pm UTC

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What are themes in Chekhov's story "After the Theater"?

The short story "After the Theater" by Anton Chekhov takes place in the bedroom of a sixteen-year-old girl named Nadya, who has just arrived home after attending a performance at the opera. She has...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 4:10 pm UTC

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In "The Bet" what did each the banker and the lawyer learn about life?

Before the application of the bet, the banker had argued that life in prison was worse than capital punishment (death). The lawyer argued that death was clearly worse. To prove that imprisonment is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 3:14 pm UTC

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What is the climax of the short story "Misery"?

The climax of a story is its point of highest tension or crisis. All through the story, Iona, a poor man who drives a horse and cab in freezing, snowy Russian weather, wants to tell someone of his...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 9:32 pm UTC

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Identifiy three examples of indirect characterization used to portray Sasha in "A Problem" by Anton Chekhov.

We learn many character traits about Sasha Uskov through his speech and actions in the short story, "The Problem." First of all, at the onset of the story, Sasha appears totally disconnected with...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 2:06 pm UTC

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What is the object of Chekhov's satire in A Marriage Proposal?

In A Marriage Proposal, Chekhov satirizes the courtship rituals of the upper class by emphasizing the land exchange between two wealthy families over love in the proposal scene. Lomov begins his...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 3:07 am UTC

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What is the style of Chekhov's writing in the play, A Marriage Proposal?

Chekhov's fast-paced one-act play is a farce about aristocratic marriages. A cynic about love and marriage, Chekhov employs a far-fetched humorous situation and ridiculous stereotypes in this...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 12:21 am UTC

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How did Chubukov react to Lomove's proposal?

A Marriage Proposal is a Russian play by Anton Chekhov written in the late 19th century. It is a comedy-drama, and all the action takes place in one single act as Ivan Vassilevitch Lomov visits...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 12:06 pm UTC

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In "The Confession" by Anton Chekhov, where is the narrator when he is making his confession?

The narrator of Anton Checkhov's short story "The Confession" is a man of relatively little sophistication and not enough malice to realize that he has been played for a fool by the people around...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012 8:47 pm UTC

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How has the banker's life changed during the  lawyers imprisonment in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

In Anton Chekhov's short story, "The Bet," a banker and a lawyer make a bet after arguing about which is worse-life imprisonment or the death penalty. The lawyer says, "Capital punishment and life...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 9:07 pm UTC

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The characters in A Marriage Proposal are members of the gentry. What does the play suggest about Chekhov's attitude...

A Marriage Proposal is a farce written by Russian author Anton Chekhov. The play is less about the marriage proposal between two members of the gentry and more about the constant fights they get...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 3:12 pm UTC

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