Anton Chekhov’s, the Lady with the Pet Dog

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Anton Chekhov’s, The Lady with the Pet Dog, is a short story about an adulterous man, Dmitry Gurov, who falls in love with a miserable married woman, Anna Sergeyevna. The two find each other in their times of loneliness and quickly become involved in an affair. They soon have to say goodbye when Anna must return home to her sick husband. At first in the story Gurov refers to women as “the inferior race,” yet he confesses that he feels more comfortable with them than he does with men, but as the story progresses you see Dmitry’s opinion change. In The Lady with the Pet Dog, you see how love affects a person deeply and has the power, not only to change their views on the world, but overcome their fears.
In the story the protagonist, Dmitry
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“When he shut his eyes he saw her before him as though she were there in the flesh, and she seemed to him lovelier, younger, tenderer than she had been, and he imagined himself a finder man than he had been in Yalta. Of evenings she peered out at him from the bookcase, from the fireplace, from the corner – he heard her breathing, the caressing rustle of her clothes. In the street he followed the women with his eyes, looking for someone who resembled her.” (511)
Chekhov makes it quite obvious that Dmitry has fallen in love with Anna and you could even say that he has become a little obsessed with the thought of her. Dmitry soon leaves his wife, telling her he is on a business trip, to go and try to find Anna in her hometown. When Anna first sees Dmitry she is surprised, stunned, and worried that people may see her talking to him but they quickly profess their love for each other. She tells Dmitry he must leave, as someone will see them but she promises to come visit him in Moscow.
In the beginning to Dmitry and Anna their illicit affair had little emotional depth and the two had no idea that they will fall in love. Dmitry undergoes a drastic amount of change in just the few months he has known Anna for. Dmitry never thought he could love a woman yet he falls deeply for Anna within such a short amount of time without even realizing it. Although the two seem trapped in their marriages, together they have their secret life of happiness. Dmitry’s transformation from
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