The lady with a pet dog

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Reading plays a very important role in the life of people. It educates a person, enriches his intellect. Books help to make a person's character, from his moral values. Besides, books bring pleasure and delight in our life. It's a wonderful way of spending spare time. Sometimes I read the same book again and again. Thanks to books I learn to express my thoughts and feelings more exactly. It can be put aside and taken up again at any moment. There are books and authors which have been our favorites since childhood. One of my favorite writers is Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. In my opinion, he is the greatest Russian dramatist and short-story writer. I'm never tired of reading and rereading his plays and humorous stories. Not long ago I discovered one American short story with almost the same title as “The Lady with the Pet Dog”. The author is Joyce Carol Oates.

The two versions of "The Lady with the Pet Dog," by Anton Chekhov and Joyce Carol Oates are similar in the theme but the endings of the stories couldn't be more different in connotation. The plot is love affair between two adulterers and the ending is each couple finally discovered true love. That difference is largely determined through the author's choice in point of view. Chekhov is from a male view and Oates from a female view. Both Anton Chekhov and Joyce Oates chose to tell the story using a third-person narrator. This is one of the most important aspects of the characterization. This subjective approach is found in third-person limited, a type of third-person subjective narration in which the perspective that of just one character. In that mode, the reader is "limited" to the thoughts of the focal character, as in the first-person mode. The narrators only describe events perceived and information known by a character. The stories read as though the viewpoint character were narrating it.  If other characters were allowed to appear more within either story, the reader would have more than likely had a different view of their affair. For example, if we read the story from the male point of view, we will look at affair by eyes of the men and Anna can be in less favorable and good shape and we may have seen the affair as dirty. Both authors want us to determine whose side we are going to be on and make a conclusion by ourselves.

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The “Lady with the Dog” is a very unique fiction story originally written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer born 1860. His style of writing consisted of making his fiction realistic. “The Lady with the Dog” was in my opinion a romantic drama type of fiction.  The first scene takes places in Yalta where the two main characters meet Dimitry Gurov and Anna Sergeyevena. Both were trying to escape the unreal and loveless relationships of their spouses. Dimitry was older than Anna but he found her very attractive. He had watched Anna for several days. No one knew her name. ...

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