Share via Email Anton Chekhov, photographed in Dostoevsky always appears in the same aura of morbidly enthralling hysteria; Proust in the same velvety atmosphere of hyper-attuned sensory receptiveness. To think of Tolstoy is to conjure, at once, the note of impassive grandeur, as of creation being set out in glittering ranks for inspection.
Over two hundred Chekhov stories.
This is the kind of story that after you finish it -- you realize what a master storyteller Chekhov really is. He constructs a story so elegantly -- the characters displayed like fine silver on a table setting.
The story concerns a young artist -- he paints landscapes -- who is out in the country he spends a lot of his time contemplating truth and the meaning of life where he encounters a family consisting of a mother and two beautiful young women.
One of the sisters, Lida, wants to help the peasants by building schools, hospitals, and libraries. She looks down on the artist because he only cares about creating art and not helping humanity. The other sister is Genya. There is a lot of discussion about what is the best way to help the poor peasants.
The artist finally confronts Lida and explains that in his mind the best way to help the peasants is to lighten their work load so they have time to pursue the really important things in life -- which in the artist's mind are spiritual things -- and if the peasants had more time to think and enjoy some idle time they would be healthier and happier.
After reading the story, I am torn between the artist and Lida. Her low regard for the artist is not completely unwarranted. He seems a bit too self-satisfied and truly I don't think he really cares about the peasants.
He only argues with Lida out of vanity.
He wants to show her he is smart enough to think about what is best for the peasants. Mostly, he wants her to take him seriously. She could have easily led a life of comfort and ease but instead dedicates herself to helping those less fortunate. However, she seems a bit too extreme -- willing to sacrifice her sister's happiness for a perceived greater good.Nov 07, · [In the following essay, originally published in , Rayfield examines the placement of Chekhov's story “The Student,” between the author's “Steppe” stories of the later s and his.
Considered by some to be the father of the short story, Anton Chekhov created a paradigmatic form for writing fiction. By mimicking reality he produced a representational art through his stories. Theriault, S. A. (). "Anton Chekhov and the Development of the Modern Character." Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse, 1 S.
A. Anton. Carver is certainly an original artist, but time with Chekhov's best stories – start with "The Lady with the Pet Dog" or "The Duel" – can give great insight into the tradition that informed Carver's work. A summary of Themes in Anton Chekhov's Chekhov Stories.
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Anton Chekhov is a Russian writer.
He is a doctor. He has written many short stories and dramas. A work of Art, a short story, is about a statue, a work of art, which is . Dec 05, · After reading the story, I am torn between the artist and Lida.
Since the story is told from the artist's point of view, one tends to have sympathy for him -- when he talks about searching for the meaning of life and his sensitivity to light and nature --you feel like you know this person -- you regret that he missed out on sharing his love with the beautiful Genya -- and you are angry at Lida for interfering - .