A Joke that is not so funny Essay

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A Joke That Is Not So Funny      "Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day" (Russell). From this quote from Anton Chekhov, one can tell he viewed life in a very different way. Chekhov enjoyed writing stories about reality. He often wrote about tragic, true stories that happened in his own life. Chekhov liked to write stories that were very sad and depressing but he just wanted to write about how he viewed life. The story, “A Joke,” can…show more content…
As he wrote so much in this newspaper he found his style of writing to be detached and liberal (Steinberg 767).      As Chekhov grew more and more popular he made many accomplishments. The Pushkin Prize and getting nominated one of the Society of Lovers of Russian Literature were a couple of his achievements. Chekhov moved to Melikhove when he made writing his full time job. Neighbors, Ward Number Six, The Black Monk, The Murder, and Ariadne were some of his best stories. His first play was called “The Seagull,” and it was very successful. Since that play went so well, he wrote a few more including “Uncle Vanya,” “The Three Sisters,” and “The Cherry Orchard” (Murphy 192).           In 1904, Chekhov married Olga Knipper who acted in many of the plays he wrote. Their marriage did not last long because Chekhov had to go into exile in the conclusion of his life because he got a lung hemorrhage. He still tried to make the productions of his plays but many times he had to stay in Crimea to get help with his health. A few years later he died of tuberculosis on July 14, 1904, when he was forty-four. Chekhov quoted, “All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves.”
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