The Lady with the Pet Dog Metaphor Activity
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This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order to develop close reading skills and draw inferences from the text.
Anton Chekhov’s short story “The Lady with the Pet Dog” is about two unhappily married people finding one another while on vacation in Yalta. Gurov, an older man who has had many extramarital affairs, meets the young Anna Sergeyevna and the two begin an affair. After a note from her husband takes Anna away from Yalta, Gurov hopes to forget her. However, upon returning to Moscow, he can’t seem to keep Anna out of his mind. Metaphors are employed throughout the story to offer insight into the characters, with Gurov’s use of figurative language highlighting the emotions he associates with their affair and how he comes to love Anna.
Skills: analysis, drawing inferences from text, close reading, identifying the relationship between words
In completing this activity, students will
- examine metaphors in a text;
- classify metaphors in a text as direct and indirect;
- analyze metaphors by focusing on the two things being compared and interpreting how one of them is described through the comparison.
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In completing these classroom activities, students will be able to classify and analyze different literary elements, thereby developing close-reading skills and drawing deeper inferences from the text.