Forty Stories

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The book Forty Stories, by Anton Chekhov and Robert Payne, explores many short stories about the trials and tribulations of medieval day Russians with their government and everyday actions, and the differences in class in their society. These stories range from funny and irony, like the story Joy, to a classic Cinderella love story, Green Scythe, to sad Government stories, like Sergeant Prishibeyev. The differences in class are very large and are most attributed to the government that is breathing down everyone's neck. As we can see in the story Joy, even the smallest bit of fame and fortune can be life changing for the peasants of medieval Russia. Mitya Kuldarov comes home ecstatic and exclaims that he was in the news paper. Before…show more content…
She is the daughter of a princess, and she is treated like royalty on her large estate. She too is dealing with a very large problem, as she does not want to marry the man she is set up to. She ends up being saved from this marriage because of her friends, and marries the man of her dreams. Because she is a princess, this marriage change is seen as a very large deal, and the guests she has over are all very shocked. If you were to take this same situation and remove the royalty aspect, it would not have been a very big deal at all. This is because most upperclassmen and women are treated much, much better than the lower class peasants. In the story A Blunder, we see another form of love that almost took a turn for the worst. A man is proclaiming his love to a women, but he doesn't really mean it. He is only doing this to have sex with the women, but her parents are outside the door and know exactly what is happening. They are waiting for him to proclaim his love so they can trap him in a marriage vow. This story portrays marriage in a much different light than Green Scythe. In A Blunder, marriage is seen as a trap and something that you would not want to be in. Green Scythe shows marriage as something of utmost purity, and that it shouldn't be broken with unloving…show more content…
The Government is medieval times was much the same as this government, as they would unjustly charge the lower class, and treat the peasants as if they were less than people. In At The Post Office, we see a man who accidentally sneezed on another man's neck, and the man who was sneezed on turns out to be a government clerk. The man who sneezed is fearful for his life and begins apologizing immediately and hopes the clerk would forgive him. The clerk, who is annoyed and just wants to watch the opera, turns away and tells him to be quiet. The man who sneezed keeps apologizing to the clerk until the clerk gets so annoyed that he died. This shows exactly how fearful the people were to the government. They feared for their lives when the littlest inconvenience happened, such as sneezing on someone's neck. If the man were to have been a higher class member, neither would have thought twice about it. Whether it is shown in funny satire, true love, or government fear, Forty Stories is about the differences in class in medieval Russia. The differences were noticeable, such as food to eat, and things enjoyed, but they were also small, such as reacting
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