What is an archetype of the short story "The Lady with the Pet Dog"? Joyce Carol Oates  

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The Archetype that the story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Joyce Carol Oates most readily fits in is The Unfaithful Wife archetype, but there are variations to the pattern. The Unfaithful Wife archetype presupposes a woman who is married to a man who is boring or...

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The Archetype that the story "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Joyce Carol Oates most readily fits in is The Unfaithful Wife archetype, but there are variations to the pattern. The Unfaithful Wife archetype presupposes a woman who is married to a man who is boring or disappointing or is some other way not what she had expected or hoped for in a husband. The wife then meets an attractive man who is virile and engaging and interesting with who she becomes adulterously involved.

The usual end of The Unfaithful Wife archetype is sorrow on deep and lasting scale as with Anna Karenina who's sorrow leads to her suicide. Oates conceived a twist to this ending by allowing her Anna to have an epiphany and come to see that, even though not lawfully wedded to her lover, she and he had a true marriage of hearts and happiness.

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