Chekhov and Carver

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Throughout Anton Chekhov’s A Transgression and Raymond Carver’s Little Things, they show many examples of real life struggles that reflect on the world in which they live. Three of the main real life struggles seen in the text are guilt, tensions in the relationships, and loss. Guilt is the consequence of making mistakes, and is one of the real life issues, shown by the authors in these texts. Throughout Chekhov’s A Transgression we are shown how guilt is a real life struggle. The Collegiate Assessor is seeing how he has made a mistake with Agnia, the handmaid. His wife is unaware of the child that the affair has produced. “Here it lies… Here lies my transgression! O Lord!”. This is where the reader first sees the acknowledgement from the assessor of his mistake, and where he is realizing that the actions he has committed come with guilt and consequences. The guilt experienced is shown through his actions of trying to hide his mistake. “Haste, haste...” he muttered, “this minute, before anyone sees. I’ll carry it away”. Guilt is shown, not only through the words, but also the actions of the assessor to be a real life struggle in their society. The relationship struggle between characters is an issue shown by the authors in the texts. Raymond Carver shows throughout the text, the real life relationship struggles between the husband and wife. This is demonstrated through the tensions of a breakup or separation. The text suggests there is symbolization used with the baby that could represent a power struggle in their relationship. “He felt the baby slipping out of his hands and he pulled back very hard” The symbolization is seen through the husband losing his power of control in the fight with his wife over the baby. Also shown in Chekhov’s text is the same struggle between the Collegiate Assessor and Agnia. The tension between them is a result of the affair and their baby. “Wait a bit! I’ll cook you such a crab that’ll teach you to ruin innocent girls! I’ll...
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