The Lady with the Pet Dog Questions and Answers
What is a feminist criticism of the story "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov? Explain how and why the feminist mode of criticism could help talk and write about this story. What issues in the story are women's (feminist) issues?
Compare and contrast “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov and “The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Joyce Carol Oates.
How is weather/season related to the action? If Gurov/Anna's affair heats up in Yalta's hot sun, why doesn't it cool down, in Moscow winter's snow?
What is the significance of the setting in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? In particular what is the significance/point of Gurov and his daughter's conversation about the weather: "It's three degrees above zero, yet it's snowing... But it's only warm on the surface of the earth, the temperature's quite different in the upper layers of the atmosphere" "Papa, why isn't there thunder in the winter?"
What is the effect of having Gurov as the central consciousness? How would the story be different if it were told from Anna's perspective?
In Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," what about Anna made Gurov fall in love when he usually viewed women as the lower class?
What two incidents in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog" foreshadow Dmitri's feelings for Anna will be stronger than for other women?
In "The Lady with the Pet Dog," why do you think Chekov does not report what ultimately becomes of the lovers?
What does the church that they sit near in Yalta (Oreander) represent in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?
According to Anton Chekhov, it is an artist’s obligation to “stat[e] a problem correctly” (60). In your opinion, does Chekhov fulfill this obligation through his depictions of Gurov and Anne in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? If so, what “problem” does Chekhov invite us to consider? If not, does Chekhov present us with the solution to a "problem"?
What is a major turning point in this story that affects both the plot and characterization, Chekhov the lady with the pet dog?
What is the tone of "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? By what means and how effectively is it communicated?
How is weather or the season related to the action in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," and if Gurov and Anna's affair heats up in Yalta's hot sun, why doesn't it cool down in Moscow's winter snow?
In The Lady with the Pet Dog, at what point does Dmitry know that he is in love with Anna. What does Anna do to cause Dmitry to fall in love with her?
How does the paragraph quoted below relate to Anna and Gurnov in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? "When they got out of the carriage at Oreanda they sat down on a bench not far from the church, and looked down at the sea, without talking. Yalta could be dimly discerned through the morning mist, and white clouds rested motionless on the summits of the mountains. Not a leaf stirred, the grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow roar of the sea came up to them, speaking of peace, of the eternal sleep lying in wait for us all. The sea had roared like this long before there was any Yalta or Oreanda, it was roaring now, and it would go on roaring, just as indifferently and hollowly, when we had passed away. And it may be that in this continuity, this utter indifference of life and death, lies the secret of our salvation, of the stream of life on our planet, and of its never-ceasing movement toward perfection." (Chekhov, "The Lady with the Pet Dog")
Discuss plot by identifying the conflict and the resolution according to Freytag's pyramid for Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog."
What are reasons why Anna and Gurov's secretive relationship is unexcepted in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?
Did Anton Chekhov base his story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" on his own life events occurring during the time the story was published?
What is the social significance of Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," and what are the indicators of this in the text?
What other stories short stories can be compared and contrasted to Anton Chekhov's "The Lady With The Dog"?
In "The Lady with the Dog," is Checkov making a statement about love and transformation or is he moralizing?
What kind of deceptions are practiced by Ann and Dmitry's social set in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?
What is Chekhov’s understanding of an adulterous relationship in the "Lady with the Pet Dog" stories, and how is Oates’ similar or dissimilar?
What is a character analysis of Dmitri Gurov in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? Also called "The Lady with the Dog."
Do you think Dmitry Dmitrich is going through his mid-life crisis in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? Why is he so obsessed with Anna Sergeyevna?
Identify a quote from "The Lady with the Pet Dog" that describes Moscow and S--. a quote for each setting.
Is a message, a moral, or a universal truth revealed in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? What is it, Chekhov the lady with the pet dog?
Joyce Carol Oates's “The Lady with the Pet Dog” is a modern American retelling of a classic Russian story, “The Lady with the Little Dog,” by Anton Chekhov. Which of the two stories is the better story?
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