Narrative Structure in “the Darling”

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Narrative structure is important to the development of a story. It is the structural framework of a story and without it, the reader would not be able to grasp the story fully. Anton Chekov, the author of “The Darling” uses distinct episodes to structure his story. The different episodes develop the plot smoothly and the reader is able to better understand the piece of work. Each episode is different in many ways but all the episodes are linked by one common character. That one common character is Olenka, her actions in each episode seems to have a repetitive nature. The repetitive, but varied episodes tie the whole story into one world. The first episode was based around the marriage of Kukin and Olenka. In the beginning of the story…show more content…
In this episode we begin to see that without a companion by her side she has no thoughts of her own. This becomes apparent when the narrator says, “She saw the objects about her and understood what she saw, but could not form any opinion about them, and did not know what to talk about”(240). Without a man to help formulate her thoughts, she could not have any. It was as if Olenka never learned how to think for herself. Olenka 's thoughts were always came from someone else rather than herself. Even though the point of view is in the third person, the narrator has some insight into the mind of Olenka. In this episode her appearance begins to change as well as her mind. She becomes thinner and plainer and never leaves her house. Thus, she loses the relationships she had with the townspeople. They stop calling her “The Darling” and the townspeople would ignore her while she walked on the street. Her life took a turn for the better when Smirnin returns back to town. This is when the fifth episode begins. Smirin says that he has reconciled with his wife and he has brought his wife and son with him. She offers Smirnin to stay in her house while she took lodgings somewhere else. Olenka began to spend a lot of time with Smirnin 's son, Sasha. In this episode she had a different type of love than she had with the men in the previous episodes. “Her heart warmed and there was a sweet ache

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