Love 2 Essay

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"The Lady with the Dog" "Love" is defined by the Webster's dictionary as "a passionate affection of one person for another." The short story "The Lady with the Dog" written by Anton Chekhov, is a love story. The story introduces us to the character Dmitri Gurov. He is a married man who is unfaithful to his wife and who leaves his family for long time periods in order to vacation. In the midst of one of his vacations in Yalta, his path was crossed with a young married lady named Anna Sergeyuna who similarly, was vacationing alone. A week after becoming acquaintances they had an affair, that continued on after they returned to their respective homes and spouses. None of the various relationships of the characters with their spouses portrays true love. The story has come to show us that one ought not peruse nor remain in a relationship were there us a lack of true love; for if one does, there are dire consequences. The marriage between Dmitri Gurov and his wife was not based on of true love, which resulted in his personal disregard for his wife and children. Dmitri did not love his spouse and therefore did not appreciate nor respect her. This was demonstrated through his unfaithfulness. His wife both carried and raised their children and therefore did not deserve the treatment she received. The narrator records Dmitri's feelings for her, "He secretly considered her unintelligent, narrow, inelegant, was afraid of her, and did not like to be at home" (175). This same disregard for a spouse with whom you are lacking truly love is also present in the marriage of Anna. She does not love her husband and subsequently criticizes him as well, "…but he is a flunkey" (178).These two situation best illustrate to the reader a typical case of people who remain in non loving relationships, where one spouse ends up disrespecting the other, thus demonstrating the importance of terminating such relationships.In a relationship or marriage, which is deficient of true love, the unhappy spouse is constantly seeking a means to escape and adventure. This phenomenon is present in the case of Anna, where she does not love her husband so she feels the need...

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