The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

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

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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 with Anna Sergeyevna. For instance, at the start of the story, it is explained that Gurov does not respect women. He

almost always spoke ill of women, and when they were talked about in his presence, used to call them "the lower race."

A minor instance of irony here is the fact that despite their perceived inferiority, Gurov feels far more comfortable with women. One would expect that a man like Gurov, who seemingly despises women beyond their role in his frequent affairs, would prefer the company of men. However, later in the story when he returns home and seeks to discuss his affair with a male acquaintance, his view changes. When the man does not acknowledge Gurov's discussion of Anna, he becomes enraged:

These words, so ordinary, for some reason moved Gurov to indignation, and struck him as degrading and unclean. What savage manners, what people! What senseless nights, what uninteresting, uneventful days! The rage for cardplaying, the gluttony, the drunkenness, the continual talk always about the same thing . . . there is no escaping it or getting away from it just as though one were in a madhouse or a prison.

It is ironic, then, that it is a member of "the lower race" who changes Gurov's view of male superiority.

Another example of irony comes from Gurov and Anna's different takes on...

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