Analysis of The Darling, by Anton Chekhov Essay

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The story “The Darling” by Anton Chekhov, illustrates a woman that is lonely, insecure, and lacking wholeness of oneself without a man in her life. This woman, Olenka, nicknamed “Darling” is compassionate, gentle and sentimental. Olenka is portrayed for being conventional, a woman who is reliant, diligent, and idea less. Although, this story portrays that this woman, known as the Darling needs some sort of male to be emotionally dependant upon, it is as if she is a black widow, she is able to win affection, but without respect. Only able to find happiness through the refection of the beliefs of her lovers, she never evolves within the story. This story, “The Darling” presents how a woman, named Olenka, the main character, who …show more content…
The two, Olenka and Kukin, get along together very well. Darling, looking after things in the theater office, giving her the feeling as if her life was full and that she found her place on earth. Olenka would say, “The theater was the chief and most important thing in life, and that it was only through the drama that one could derive true enjoyment and become cultivated by and human.”, all of this wholeness Olenka felt was not from feelings she developed within herself, but instead, these feelings were gained from ideas which have been stolen because of her involvement with Kukin. Kukin having to leave to Moscow, and leaving Olenka with no one to be attached to, Olenka could not feel comfort, and she began endured feelings of emptiness. Once again, the feeling of loneliness took over Olenka. Not being able to sleep, she would sit all night at her window, looking at the stars, comparing her self to hens who were awake all night when the cock is not in the hen-house. This being divesting to Olenka, and being only the beginning of her, again, not knowing who she is, Olenka receives a telegram. She had received telegrams in the past, but this one read, with funeral instructions, “Ivan Petrovitch died suddenly today.”,she sobbed, “My darling!”, and asked, why she ever met him and why she had to love him? Once again emptiness had found Olenka, and leaving her with the
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