the lady with the dog Essay

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In “The Lady with the Dog” and “Our Friend Judith”, the use of setting has some effects on the protagonist in both stories. Setting is simply the time or place where the story happened whenever the story or imaginary. Writers express their mood and though through the setting. And it always provides some cues for readers to understand the feeling of the protagonists, instead of showing it by words directly. In “The Lady with the Dog” written by Anton Chekhov, it is about the love affair between two married people -- Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna , and at the end of the story, it ends with a plan of their future without a solution. In the story, the writer uses the changes of weather to shade the mood as the story proceed. For example, when Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna made their acquaintance in Yalta, where was a place for relaxation and there were no social obligation, the scene was so beautiful(“…the water was of a soft warm lilac hue, and there was a golden streak from the moon upon it.”), it could just represent the good mood of them. However, the weather changes sharply after they are separated from each other. It changes from a sunny summer to a bitter winter, the writer makes Moscow as a dreary place, snow is falling, and it is freezing cold, these uncomfortable scenes are related to the mood of Dmitri Gurov, which is sad and lonely. Moreover, this story was written in the late 19th century of Russia, at that time, Russia was a closed and conservative place, open marriage and divorcement were not common and would seen as a rare virtues to the society. There were so many social obligations which people need to follow and obey. Therefore, in the story, Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna can only kiss each other or carry on a clandestine love affair in a stealthily way in Moscow, where Moscow was the capital city of Russia. But,

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