The Lady with the Dog

1109 WordsNov 28, 20055 Pages
With "The Lady with the Dog", Anton Chekhov weaves an intricate tale of a man trapped in a loveless marriage, who seeks freedom in the arms of the very thing that oppresses him: women. Through the use of an omniscient voice, formal but subtle language, and setting changes, Chekhov masterfully reveals the inner-turmoil and confusion of a man falling prey to his own game of seduction. That is, until he meets Anna Sergeyeva, and his entire world changes. This tale is laced with irony and duality, the most important of which puts the protagonist in the reversed position of the seduced, a role that continues out throughout the entire story. Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, the center and main focus of this story, is described as being a man in his…show more content…
It was a symbol of the prison her life had become. The story is told in a somewhat logical order. It has no real chronological structure but does progress in a rather linear fashion. It carries us through what merely seems like months but is actually a number of years, perhaps an echo of the timelessness of their love. There is a subtle pattern to how the information is revealed to us: background, experience, reflection, revelation. It's almost as if the narrator wants us to arrive at the same conclusions as Gurov in the same manner in which he arrives there. Chekhov uses the omniscient voice to recount Gurov's story. Because the narrator appears to be omniscient, there is sometimes a feeling that details are being intentionally withheld. The narrator seems to know a great deal about the characters but only reveals what is necessary to relate their innermost feelings. To accomplish this, he infuses a stream of consciousness throughout the story, allowing us direct access into Gurov's thoughts. The language is formal yet there is a conversational tone that carefully lulls us and draws us in. Though the speaker's overall tone is consistent throughout the story, underlying tones continually shift in accordance with the characters' vascillating emotions. For example, the syntax changes swiftly (indicating a acceleration of speech) to reveal Anna's anxiousness then slows when Gurov hushes her and
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