Analysis Of Anton Chekhov 's ' The Lottery Ticket '

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In Anton Chekhov 's “The Lottery Ticket”, we are presented with a couple who, half-believing they have won the lottery, give themselves over to daydreaming what the future may hold with their winnings. The point of view is that of the husband though it is clear, throughout, that his thoughts find their echo in his wife 's. At first his thoughts are pleasant but then, knowing the winnings would be his wife 's and not his own, he sees trouble ahead, and becomes resentful of her. Only when he checks the final number to find that they have not won that the reality of their relatively impoverished situation takes hold and life, once again, appears gloomy and mundane. In Tillie Olsen 's “I Stand Here Ironing”, a hopeless mother meditates upon the history of her troubled teenage daughter whom she feels she can do little to help now as she has been able to do little for her in the past. With a troubled childhood consisting of abandonment by her father, competition from other siblings, and growing up in an impoverished environment, there is little wonder as we read Olsen 's description that the daughter should have turned into a troubled young woman. She ends her meditation by focusing upon the iron, wanting to explain that life is like that, but that we should rise above it and not permit ourselves to be the garments that are beset by life 's iron, pressing down upon us. In considering these two pieces, they will be compared and contrasted with specific reference to figurative

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