“The Lady with the Dog” Explication
Anton Chekhov’s short story “The Lady with the Dog” tells the story of an affair between a middle-aged man and a young woman who meet while on vacation in Yalta. This paper analyzes the following paragraph: “Owing to the roughness of the sea, the steamer arrived late, after the sun had set, and it was a long time turning about before it reached the groyne. Anna Sergeyevna looked through her lorgnette at the steamer and the passengers as though looking for acquaintances, and when she turned to Gurov her eyes were shining. She talked a great deal and asked disconnected questions, forgetting next moment what she had asked; then she dropped her lorgnette in the crush.” (Chekhov, sec. 2) This paragraph not only shows the theme of the story and the European realistic style, but also shows the way Chekhov uses the setting and metaphors to portray the mood and thoughts of the characters.
The theme of this story is one of affection and fate. The paragraph takes place in the part of the story after Gurov and Anna have first met and is right before they go back to Anna’s hotel room to spend the night together. This paragraph perfectly shows the theme of the story and shows how their affection is rapidly growing. Anna turned to Gurov with “her eyes shining” (Chekhov, sec. 2) shows the connection that they are feeling for one another. They also talked a great deal, and Anna even starts “forgetting what she had asked” (Chekhov, sec. 2). This phrase also shows how they are getting lost in the moment and how the affection continues to grow. Shortly after this paragraph, Gurov and Anna end up kissing for the first time.
Chekhov also does a beautiful job of using the setting and metaphors in this story and the paragraph to reflect the characters’ thoughts and mood. For instance, the sentence in the paragraph that states, “Owing to the roughness of the sea, the steamer arrived late, after the sun had set, and it was a long time turning...
References: Chekhov, Anton. “The Lady with the Dog.” Eldritch Press. Eldritch Press, n.d. Web. 18 Nov.
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