The Lady With the Dog

The Lady With the Dog Analysis

The recounted theme in the story is simple and familiar to many readers- a resort affair and its consequences. But the Chekhov’s idea was not to portray the notorious resort affair. The aim of the production lies down much deeper. The author wishes to show the reader (and particularly the reader of that time), how the hopelessness of life situations, the fear of the condemnation from the side and the disability to make steps to its true love have caused the deaf and blind to the entire society.

The recounted theme in the story is simple and familiar to many readers- a resort affair and its consequences. But the Chekhov’s idea was not to portray the notorious resort affair. The aim of the production lies down much deeper. The author wishes to show the reader (and particularly the reader of that time), how the hopelessness of life situations, the fear of the condemnation from the side and the disability to make steps to its true love have caused the deaf and blind to the entire society.

Gurov just wished to relax and have a well rest. But the meeting with Anna changed him. He frankly fell in love with her; fell in love like for the first time in his life, feeling the nagging, youthful senses at the mature age. And this love lighted up him with the awareness’s flash of all muddle-headedness of the unnoticeable, uninteresting days.

Chekhov brings readers to the main postulate- the love can everything. That’s why his hero has changed, begun to see clearly. Now he isn’t a playboy of his life, he is able to compassionate, to be sincere, loyal.

The plot is developing a subtle portrayal of the filigree, literary art by the author. Here among the strolling people on the resort’s seafront the new face is appearing- it is a lady with the dog. After a few days Gurov acquainted with this lady. After the week of meetings, according to Ann’s words, the moral lapse has happened.

It seems that the "Casanova" has achieved what he wanted, and what should follow this. The letter from the husband of Anna Sergeyevna with a plea for her return home interrupts pastime. Soon Gurov went home, genuinely believing that he will never see her again. But the hero has said goodbye not to his new adventure, but to his past life, habits and thoughts, and he said good-bye to himself. Because he is presented as a completely new person.

And if at first homecoming in Moscow is nice and comfortable for Gurov, later his mind again turned to Anna. Feelings covered him and purified from hypocrisy and indifference. Internal changes are pushing him to look for the woman he loved.

Writer deliberately portrays drabness and dullness of the town S., where the heroine lives. It's like a prison for clean and bright relationships. Fate puts them in front of a difficult choice, but love makes miracles. Not having the strength to overcome their true and strong feelings, Gurov and Anna decided to continue the meetings. She comes to see him in Moscow in the hotel.

Despite sanctimonious mood of society, the author is sympathetic with the protagonists. And this disposition can be seen in their portraits. Gurov is decent, charming, resourceful, observant and very courteous in dealing with ladies. She has beautiful gray eyes and gentle neck.

Chekhov completely abandoned the accepted standards and develops the plot of the story very emphatically in a completely opposite way. After all, in the stories of the resort affairs the characters should not be so desperately unhappy.

From now on, Gurov has two lives: a clear, but full of relative truth and deception, and the other - which runs secretly from others.

Chekhov does not ask questions about what would happen to those people. It just shows how love can transform a person. But in the spiritual development only the main character is shown. Lady with the Dog stays almost unchanged, except that understands she is not a fallen woman.

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