"The Lady With The Dog" A Forbidden Love

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"The Lady with the Dog", written by Anton Chekhov is the story of Dmitriy Dmitrich Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna. The story begins when Gurov is taking some time off at the province of Yalta, Russia. Which is located south of Russia by the black sea. Yalta is Russia's most fashionable resort. Gurov is a prominent man close to his forties with a family waiting for him back in Moscow. Disputing his marital status, Guruv is a person who dislikes being at home and has been unfaithful to his wife for a long time already. He considers women as a lower race, and thus he feels able to play with them as he likes, but also he recognizes that without them he will not exist a single day. Anna is a young upper class woman on her twenties who spends some time in Yalta waiting for her husband to come and meet her in that city. She is all by her self and people don't knowing her name refer to her as "the lady with the pet dog". Guruv shows some interest in her and makes the first movement, knowing that she could be a married woman; he decides to have one more affair. He is far away of the idea that this would be just one more woman on his life. In a short period of time they both fell in love with each other. They already know that this is an impossible love. "...the hardest, the most complicated part was only just beginning."("The Lady with the Dog" 235). With this last line from the story, Chekhov tells us an affirmation note in which we can imagine that even though Anna and Gurov love each other, the fact that they are both married will make things harder for them, but the first part, the hardest; the fact that they recognized their truly love for each other is a great beginning of their forbidden relationship.Dmitriy Dmitrich Gurov is a man "caught up in a life of restaurants, clubs, banquets and celebrations" (228). Gurov enjoys life to its last extend. He is from Moscow, "had a degree in literature but worked in a bank" (223). Married on his third year of college, now he has a twelve year old daughter and two other sons in high school, not yet forty he has a wife who looks nearly as twice as old as he does. Even though he has a complete life among society with a wife and kids, he is not happy. Gurov is constantly unfaithful to his wife. He speaks slightingly of women, "to whom he reffered as the lower race" (222). Gurov is a smart person who thinks that he will never fall in love, he knows how to talk to women and get what he wants and turn around with out any kind of feeling. Until he met Anna Sergeyevna he was sure that he had control of the situation.Anna Sergeyevna is a young woman still in her early twenties from Petersburg, "had gotten married in the town of S..., where she had been living two years" (223). She is unhappily married to a high rank politician and thus occupied an upper class position on society. She was on Yalta for the first time, alone and bored. The only companion of this lady was her dog, a white Pomeranian which used to be on her side...

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