The Lady With The Dog - Anton Essay

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The Lady With The Dog - Anton


The Lady With The Dog
In the beginning of the story, Chekhov begins with the simple line, 'It was said that a
new person had appeared on the sea-front…'; This passage shows that the local
residents of Yalta have discovered an outsider, a person they know nothing about. Chekhov
asks the reader to consider who is she with and why is she there? The character of the sly
womanizer, Dmitri Gurov, also asks these questions. When first reading I began to form a
certain opinion of Dmitri. We know he is married and has children. He also admits to being
unfaithful to his wife on numerous occasions. He appears to not like women as he referred
to them as the 'lower race.'; This characteristic of his personality leads to the
encounter between himself, the unfaithful husband, and the young mysterious Anna, in the
gardens. 'If she is here alone without a husband or friends, it wouldn't be amiss to make
her acquaintance.'; He stated of her.

In the character of Dmitri, Chekhov gives a man who seems to despise women; 'he almost
always spoke ill of women…'; However, I believe that this was an act that he showed.
'When he was in the company of women he felt free, and knew what to say to them and how to
behave; and he was at ease with them even when he was silent.'; If Gurov regarded women as
the 'lower race'; than why was he only at rest when in their company? In truth I think
that he liked women, he needed women. The reason he puts on this 'tough guy'; act is
because he has never found a woman that he truly loved. Every time he had met a new woman,
'he was eager for life, and everything seemed simple and amusing.'; However, 'Every
intimacy inevitably grows into a regular problem of extreme intricacy, and in the long run
the situation becomes unbearable.'; Gurov did not know how to handle long complicated
relationships that took work to maintain. That is why his marriage was a failure and
unhappy. That is also the reason why he always became frustrated and used women as a
scapegoat. Dmitri is excited when he sees the new mysterious woman; he sees a new
opportunity to escape the monotonous marriage he is trapped in. Even though everything
always failed him before he was unconsciously compelled to try and find something that
worked. After meeting 'the lady with the dog';, he thought of 'her slender, delicate neck,
and her lovely gray eyes.'; Before he fell asleep though, he thought, 'There's something
pathetic about her, anyway,'; as a reaction to what always seemed to inevitably happened.
He needs to protect his own feelings.

As Gurov soon learns after he meets her, the woman's name is Anna Serveyevna. She struck
me as a very young, naive woman who can sometimes be controlled by men. 'She was not sure
whether her husband had a post in a Crown Department or under the Provincial Council
– and was amused by her own ignorance.'; She does not even care what her husband's
occupation is! She is not happy with her marriage. She was shy and did not seem to be
comfortable around men. When she had her first conversation with Dmitri, she would answer
him without looking at him as if glancing at another man was forbidden. However, as the
author stated earlier in the story, Gurov knew how to approach unfamiliar woman and make
them feel comfortable in his presence. He was able to break through Anna's shell and coax
her into opening up and discussing random things such as 'strange light on the sea'; and
'how sultry it was after a hot day.';

As they continued to meet, Anna's passiveness continued to be reflected in the way she
acted. He asked her 'Where shall we go now? Shall we drive somewhere?'; to which her
replies were mere silence. Again later he drew his arm around her and kissed her and
requested that they traveled to her hotel. Nowhere in the text does the woman suggest
anything. She never appears to be the flirtatious one interested in Gurov. Instead, she
thinks of her high morals and values. After their first sexual experience together, she
described herself as 'a low bad woman.'; She stated 'I despise myself and don't attempt to
justify myself.'; However, her passiveness prevailed and she continued to care for the man
who is not her husband. She also did not think highly of her husband as much as she had
thought she had when he took her, as his wife. 'I was twenty when I was married to him. I
have been tormented by curiosity; I wanted something better.'; she stated. She may have
been a controllable woman but she had found a man to control who was interesting and fun
to be with. Even though her beliefs pointed away from Gurov, he was able so sway her and
convince her that she wanted to be with him.

Eventually Anna had to leave the enjoyable resort town of Yalta. Even though she enjoyed
her time with him, she still returns to her normal dry life with her husband. It was the
eighteenth century and as a woman she is expected to be dedicated to her husband and
nobody else. At this point, I believe that Chekhov attempts to fool the reader. I think
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