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The Lady with the Pet Dog

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

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...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 5:55 pm UTC

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What is the conflict of the story "The Lady with a Dog" by Anton Chekhov?

The story “The Lady with a Dog” by Anton Chekhov opens in the summer resort at Yalta where the main character, Dmitri Gurov, starts an affair with “the lady with a dog,” Anna Sergeyevna, even...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018 5:00 pm UTC

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What is a feminist criticism of the story "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov? Explain how and why the feminist...

Chekov's story is about male desire. One possible feminist interpretation of the story would be to evaluate Dmitri's attitude toward women and why it is that he thinks of them as "the lower race"...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 1:59 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

A very important symbol that comes towards the end of the story is actually the mirror that Gurov sees himself reflected in just as he is about to "make a joke" to Anna, having decided that their...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011 7:11 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov and “The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Joyce Carol Oates.

Chekhov's version of the story is written from the man's standpoint, involving himself and Anna, a woman (with a pet dog), who he meets on vacation. They begin an adulterous affair. The man...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010 2:48 pm UTC

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Explain the settings in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog”?

There are two distinct settings in "The Lady with the Dog," by Chekhov: Moscow and Yalta. While things like Google Maps make it easy to figure out what these cities are like today, it is important...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 10:54 pm UTC

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Where and how is irony used in Chekhov's "The Lady With The Pet Dog"?

In the short story, “The Lady With the Pet Dog,” Anton Checkov uses irony when he allows the womanizer Gurov to finally fall in love and build a relationship when he is growing old. But despite...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019 3:26 am UTC

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What is the point of view in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

There are only two important characters in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog." The story is told entirely from the point of view of the man, Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, although the woman's part is...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 6:46 pm UTC

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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...

The seasons play an important role in Anton Chekhov's story. The summer setting in Yalta where Dmitry and Anna meet is especially relevant for the heat of their passion. Dmitry is hot blooded in...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 2:02 am UTC

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What is the conflict and plot of the story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Chekhov?

In both Chevhov's version and Oates' version, the plot is the same though each is told from a different viewpoint, with a different setting for each. The story deals with Dmitri and Anna (the lady...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2010 7:06 am UTC

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In Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," what about Anna made Gurov fall in love when he usually viewed women as the...

It is difficult to know exactly why Gurov falls in love with Anna, but we are given a number of reasons. First, he is dissatisfied with his own wife. In general, too, he is attracted to women and...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 11:12 pm UTC

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In Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," how does Dmitri Gurov develop as a character?

Gurov's transformation takes place after he leaves Anna, when he leaves the vacation resort where he met her. When, at first, he meets Anna, he wants to just have a casual fling with Anna, he does...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2009 8:47 am UTC

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How can I analyze the character of Gurov in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? What should I include?

The author Anton Chekhov gives you most of what you need to write a character analysis of Gurov in the second and third paragraphs of the story. If I were you I would focus on what Chekhov tells...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

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What two incidents in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog" foreshadow Dmitri's feelings for Anna will be stronger...

The two incidents that foreshadow Dmitri's genuine love for Anna both occur in relation to the beauty of the natural world. After first meeting at the restaurant, Dmitri and Anna leave together and...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2010 5:26 am UTC

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What is a character analysis of Dmitri Gurov in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? Also called "The Lady with the...

Being a skillful short story writer, Chekhov establishes Gurov's character traits in the opening paragraphs of Part I. Gurov's observations are first described. This (1) introduces the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017 8:55 am UTC

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What is the theme of the story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Chekhov?  

Chekhov's "Lady with a Pet Dog" might be compared with two modern motion pictures: Play Misty for Me and Fatal Attraction. In both these films a man gets involved with a woman without considering...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 8:31 am UTC

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What elements make "The Lady with the Pet Dog" a universal story?

I think one of the reaons why this is such an excellent story is precisely because it is timeless. It represents the transforming ability of love by showing us how Gurov's relationship with Anna...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 11:14 am UTC

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What is the tone of "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? By what means and how effectively is it communicated?

The tone is one of longing and of angst until the end of the story, when both of the main characters realize that they must find a way to be together (Gurov and Anna) and that they are completely...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2008 3:32 am UTC

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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 always thought he'd forget all about Anna once he returned to Moscow after their brief illicit tryst. After all, he must have had dozens of similar affairs over the years, none of which...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 6:31 am UTC

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What is the narrative structure of "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

The point of view used in this brilliant story is limited third-person, as the detached narrator is only given access to the thoughts and feelings of Gurov and we only perceive Ann Sergeyevna...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 12:09 am UTC

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How does Gurov change after leaving Anna?

The classic short story "The Lady With the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov tells of a man and a woman who meet while vacationing in Yalta. Dmitri Gurov is a banker in the midst of an unhappy marriage. He...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 2:31 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the setting in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? In particular what is the significance/point...

Yes, the description of the weather at the beginning of the fourth section of this great short story is rather curious. Yet, if we read it in the context of the rest of this section, we can draw...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

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Discuss plot by identifying the conflict and the resolution according to Freytag's pyramid for Chekhov's "The Lady...

The main conflict in the story is Gurov's struggle to find meaning, truth, and beauty in a world that so often feels devoid of them. Gurov's brief dalliance with the titular lady with a pet dog has...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 4:39 am UTC

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What is the social significance of Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," and what are the indicators of this in the...

The social significance of "The lady with the Pet Dog" relates to isolation and marital failure and infidelity. All three were growingly popular themes among Russian writers of the realist school....

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 11:19 pm UTC

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How does Dmitri change Anna and how does Anna change Dmitri?

One way in which Anna has been changed by her affair with Dimitri is that she has come to a point where she understands the pain in consciousness. Prior to her affair, she had been living a...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 5:35 am UTC

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What are reasons why Anna and Gurov's secretive relationship is unexcepted in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

This is an interesting question and perhaps a bit awkward to answer. In one sense, their secretive relationship is expected because Chekhov carefully foreshadows it in the exposition of the story....

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 3:51 am UTC

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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...

The answer to the second part of your question is actually that the Yalta heat does not act as a motivator to action, thus the Moscow cold does not act as a contrasting motivator. So Moscow does...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 8:44 pm UTC

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Describe the structure of the short story, "The Lady with the Pet Dog." How might it be divided into parts?

Having the dog makes Anna more accessible, since she must take the dog out for walks. It also makes her easier to meet. Somerset Maughamwrote in one of his Ashenden stories that it is never hard to...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2012 12:20 pm UTC

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Describe the structure of Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog". How might it be divided into parts?

In Parts I and II, Gurov goes on a vacation without his wife to a seaside resort in Yalta. He does not much care for his wife, he finds her harsh and unintelligent. His parents forced him to...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2008 7:31 am UTC

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What are three ironies that are found in "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov?

There are many ironies to be found in Anton Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog." A lot of them have to do with Dmitry Dmitritch Gurov's changing attitude toward men and women after his affair...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 3:26 am UTC

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What are some settings in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

There are a number of setting locations in the story. The major ones are the sea at Yalta, Anna's hotel room, the seat by the church with the sea view in Oreanda, and the hotel rendezvous where...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 5:16 am UTC

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How can I explain Dmitri Gurov in regards to the two lives he lives, and what did him see in himself that he felt...

Dimitri Gurov's "two lives" relating to Anna don't start until after they have both left Yalta, so you are asking about the portion of the story where Chekhov describes Gurov's psychological...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 10:05 pm UTC

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Discuss the mood of Chekhov's story "The Lady with the Pet Dog."

I would like to suggest that the settings in the story establish its mood. Chekhov suggests that the effect of the moonlight and dawn, along with various other lights, upon the sea create an erotic...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2007 5:47 am UTC

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In "The Lady with the Pet Dog" does Chekov trace Gurov's gradual transformation from a cynic to a romantic willing to...

Chekhov is not the kind of writer who would depict such a character change in a middle-aged man like Gurov. He knew that in real life people rarely if ever change that radically. What happens is...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2014 5:15 pm UTC

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Explain if the character Dmitri Gurov is the protagonist and what the setting is in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet...

Chekhov's story has been given many differeent titles by English translators, including "The Lady with the Pet Dog," "The Lady with the Dog," "The Lady with the Little Dog," "The Lady with the Lap...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 8:42 pm UTC

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In the story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Chekhov, what is the meaning of the hotel room?

In "The Lady with the Pet Dog," Dimitry Gurov goes to the seaside in Yalta and ends up having an extra-marital affair with a woman named Anna. He is a bit of a playboy and has causal flings with...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 8:57 am UTC

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How is symbolism used in "The Lady with the Pet Dog" to portray the theme of isolation?

The theme of isolation in “The Lady with the Pet Dog” is portrayed through darkness and silence that often obscures the characters from each other and through lonely images associated with travel....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

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What is the effect of having Gurov as the central consciousness? How would the story be different if it were told...

By placing Gurov at the center of the story, Chekhov is providing a middle-aged man's view of love and life. Gurov has become rather cynical, as life has not turned out quite the way he...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018 8:16 pm UTC

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In "The Lady with the Pet Dog," why do you think Chekov does not report what ultimately becomes of the lovers? In...

It is characteristic of Chekhov's stories that he does not usually end them with surprises or epiphanies but leaves conflicts unresolved. This way of telling a story has appealed to many modern...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 10:34 pm UTC

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What is a major turning point in this story that affects both the plot and characterization, chekhov the lady with...

The climax, the most intense part of a story,is the turning point because it determines the outcome of the main conflict. The most important struggle Gurov has is within himself. He easily attracts...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2007 10:02 am UTC

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Who is the central character in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

The protagonist of this brilliant short story is known as Gurov, who, in the opening pages of this tale, initiates an adulterous relationship that will transform his life forever. However, at the...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 10:28 pm UTC

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Is a message, a moral, or a universal truth revealed in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? What is it, chekhov the lady...

The affair between Dmitri and Anna began because they were both bored and because they were both unhappily married. Dmitri didn't really understand his feelings until he got back to Moscow and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 12:52 pm UTC

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Did Anton Chekhov base his story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" on his own life events occurring during the time the...

Without autobiographical confessions, letters or diaries, critics can only make attempt to make connections between known events when speculating on the influence of an author's life upon their...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 4:43 am UTC

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Joyce Carol Oates's “The Lady with the Pet Dog” is a modern American retelling of a classic Russian story, “The Lady...

While readers of modern literature may enjoy Oates's short story because of its stylistic approach (which is more in vogue with its use of common, ordinary characters and the vernacular and the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2017 8:47 pm UTC

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

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...

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

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In "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by chekhov, why are we given little information about the female antagonist?

You have asked an interesting question. On the one hand, I actually disagree with it, because I do feel we are given lots of information about Anna Sergeyevna in this excellent short story....

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

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Compare/contrast Chekhov & Oates approach to affairs in "The Lady with the Dog" & "The Lady with the Pet Dog"...

A comparison of Chekhov's and Oates' authorial approaches to constructing the nature of the affairs in "The Lady with the Dog" and "The Lady with the Pet Dog," respectively, reveals that there is...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010 3:04 am UTC

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Do you think Dmitry Dmitrich is going through his mid-life crisis in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? Why is he so...

I definitely think he's experiencing a mid-life crisis in every way. With that being said, however, there IS more to it than simply that. Dmitry obviously lacks the emotional connection to his...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2008 1:14 pm UTC

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How is the character Gurov presented to us?

In Chekhov’s “The Lady With The Pet Dog,” Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov is presented to the reader as a bored vacationer in Yalta on the lookout for a new arrival he has heard spoken of—a woman with a...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 5:42 am UTC

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