The Norton Introduction to Literature

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  The Norton Introduction to Literature

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Question

  1. How do you feel about Chekhov’s character Dmitri Gurov? How does your opinion of him change from the beginning to the end of the story?

 

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Wow! The lecture notes hit it spot on! “the point is….well, pointless. Reading this story to the end I found myself wondering how it was going to end even with that thought of well, pointless bouncing around in my head. To answer the question, I felt like Dmitri was pretty much a scumbag. He had a wife and kids and apparently multiple mistresses. While reading the story I was trying to tie some type pre-marital wound to him, something from his childhood or teen-age years that might explain why he was the way he was but also trying to not read anything into the story line. His character fit the part of a womanizer and to a degree an abuser of women, not necessarily physical, but emotional, especially referring to them as  “lower race’ as used on page 10.  It was really pretty clear, prior to the meeting and affair with Anna Sergeyevna, that he thought of women as objects instead of humans. Although as I continued to read the story and could see that Dmitri was softening and falling in love, which had never happened before, with  Anna Sergeyevna, his actions and treatment of his wife are still morally wrong. While his affection and his heart has softened and he sees Anna as a beautiful woman that he cannot live with out, he is still married and so is she. So while I can applaud his ability to see women as much more than objects for his pleasure, I still think he is a scumbag for engaging with two women.

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