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Comparison Of The Lady With The Dog And The Story Of An Hour

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In the story "The Lady with the Dog" by Chekhov is an obvious love story from the very beginning. It is known that Dmitry is a womanizer but when he first lays his eyes on Anna you can almost feel the smirk on his face of surprised happiness. It was just something a little different that he has never felt before, even though he tries to be somewhat arrogant about it. The story is very emotional and it brings a loveless, stiff marriage on both ends to life. This is nothing special, a loveless marriage seeing as lifeless marriages were very common during this time. The parents of the potential mates usually arraigned marriages and it is made out to be more of a business deal than a loving union between two people. If marriage were not put together as a business deal than it was more of just being the right thing to do. You had to be married eventually or you were looked upon as an outcast. A marriage could also put you into a higher social position weather it is for the man or the woman. As sad as it was these two people were in marriages where they ultimately had to tell themselves they loved each other when realistically they had learned to love one another. To me that is the whole point of the story. These two people had learned to love and have not actually fallen in love until now. These two people are for the first time finding themselves falling in love not with their significant other but with someone else (each other). That makes thing more complicated because it was not forced but natural so they could not deny or hide it this was happening weather they liked it or not. You know reading this story that what these two people are doing is morally wrong which is what Anna is dealing with pretty much throughout the whole affair. At the same time you were kind of disappointed that this couple (in some way that is what they became married or not) were separating and going their own ways back to the lives they want so desperately to get away from. There is almost this fear that they are never going to see each other again. Then the moral issue then comes up once again that they are married and they do have to go home to their families. After all of their diligent attempts to stay faithful to their significant others they decided to do things their way and lived by what they felt and not what they were taught. At the end this story is about two people finding their soul mate in one another. Anna received her new lease on life by finding something true and honest. By living love with a man and not being forced to love him but feeling it o her own. Now you never really know if Anna leaves her husband or if Dmitry leaves his wife and children but they were able to experience something they might not ever get a chance to again. For them maybe it was worth the lying and sneaking around to be happy if just for that short period of time.

In the story "The Story of an Hour" by Chopin we read that because Mrs. Mallard had a fragile heart, her sister was hesitant in breaking to her the bad news of her husband's death. Unlike most women who find themselves in denial after being told something of this magnitude she instantly became distraught. Once she composed herself she locked herself in her room and would let no one in. She was noticing thing outside of her window that she had never noticed before. Things that we take for granted and only appreciate when we are happy. How could this be if she just found out her husband had died? The scary and ironic thing about this story is that Mrs. Mallard went downstairs to confront her sister again and on the way down was thinking to herself "Life might be long" and she felt like "the goddess of Victory". She became visibly upset again and she realized she was young, she was new and she was somehow reborn. With her husband she was restrained from feeling this way and now she had all of this newfound freedom that she did not enjoy before. When she saw her husband was actually not dead at all she had a heart attack and died. The doctor said she died of joy that kills but they did not understand that she actually died of sadness. Now she was to be repressed



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