Love and Morality in the “The Lady with the Lapdog” by Anton Chekhov
The “Lady with the Lapdog,” is a story by a Russian author Anton Chekhov. It is a story that raises eyebrows and entices the mind as one reads through to understand the actions of the two main characters, Anna and Gurov. Their actions are looked down and unspeakable according to the Russian society. Chekhov has successfully managed to show how self-pleasure rise above everything in his short story. The short story revolves around love and morality as the two characters fall for one another because of their unhappy married lives.
The “Lady with the Lapdog,” talks about Dmitri Gurov, a man aged forty years who is captivated by a young woman whom he sees taking a stroll with a small Pomeranian dog along the sea shores of Yalta. Dmitri does not like his intelligent and shrewd wife and thus, he has uncountable love affairs (Chekhov 2). He makes use of an opportunity when ‘the lady with the dog’ sits next to him one day in the community gardens. After petting her dog, he strikes a conversation with the lady and learns that her name is Anna Sergeyevna. He also learns that she is a married woman who had come for a vacation in Yalta. They see more of each other in the succeeding weeks and they grow fond of each other. “…They met daily at twelve o'clock on the sea-front for lunch and dinner.” In as much as Dmitri is charmed by the boisterous naïveté of Anna, he realizes that there are some traces of sadness in her. He is driven to like her more due to her diffidence and angularity of innocent youth (Chekhov 3). This reminds Dmitri of his young adolescent daughter. They spend most evenings together enjoying the sunset view at Oreanda. This view excites them. Anna’s happiness fades away with thoughts that her husband would soon ask for her return. This comes to pass when she receives a letter and she has to leave Dmitri, something she parallels to fate.
Cited: Chekov, Anton. “The Lady with the Lapdog.” Yalta: Russian Thought, 1899