A Story of Olenka, "The Darling" a Dependent Woman

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A Story of Olenka, "The Darling" a Dependent Woman

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A story of Olenka, "The Darling" A Dependent Woman

The story "The Darling" by Anton Chekhov, illustrates a woman that is lonely, insecure, and lacking wholeness of oneself without a man in her life. This woman, Olenka, nicknamed "Darling" is compassionate, gentle and sentimental. Olenka is portrayed for being conventional, a woman who is reliant, diligent, and idea less. Although, this story portrays that this woman, known as the Darling needs some sort of male to be emotionally dependent upon, it is as if she is a black widow, she is able to win affection, but without respect. Only able to find happiness through the refection of the beliefs of her lovers, she never evolves within the story.

This story, "The Darling" presents how a woman, named Olenka, the main character, who is also, in this story, known as the darling, has a reliance on others, and for the most lives an empty life. Olenka does not posses any personality of her own; therefore, she only finds happiness in reflecting the belief of her husbands/lovers. Olenka has the need to be fond of someone, and she frequently, fills her empty life through others, but only after having time of lacking wholeness in her self.

In the beginning it appears that Olenka is waiting for Mr. Right, but it is really so, that Olenka, is dependent and needs to love and have the love of others. She finds this love, this unconditional love that most look for, in people such as her aunt, the school's French master, and even her father.
Later, Olenka finds herself married to a man, by the name of, Kukin, and Kukin being her first husband. Kukin is someone whom Olenka feels she cannot be without.
Olenka sitting lonely on her back porch, night after night, and lost in thought, listened, one evening, to Kukin, the manager of an open-air theater, called the Tivoli, says, "Again!". "It's going to rain again!" meaning there will be no work. She again on the following evening, listens to him, as he,...
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