The Schoolmaster by Anton Chekhov

In The Schoolmaster by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of dedication, commitment, struggle, denial, selflessness, anger and pity. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of dedication. Fyodor Lukitch never forgets about […]

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A Pink Stocking by Anton Chekhov

In A Pink Stocking by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of control, independence, submission, guilt, criticism, equality and expression. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises just how much control Somov has over Lidotchka. Throughout the story he […]

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The Darling by Anton Chekhov

In The Darling by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of dependency, independence, identity, devotion, fear, paralysis and insecurity. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of dependency. Olenka seems to be […]

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Vanka by Anton Chekhov

In Vanka by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of desperation, innocence, compassion, suffering and commitment. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises just how desperate Vanka is to return home to his grandfather. By writing his letter to his grandfather […]

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The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov

In The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of hope, aspiration, selfishness, power, greed, control, freedom and satisfaction. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of hope […]

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The Student by Anton Chekhov

In The Student by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of connection, paralysis, equality, hope, change, optimism and belief. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov is using the setting of the story (nature) to express […]

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Difficult People by Anton Chekhov

In Difficult People by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of control, conflict, anger, determination, resentment, escape, connection, acceptance and change. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of control. While Shiryaev […]

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A Blunder by Anton Chekhov

In A Blunder by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of aspirations, desperation, marriage, tradition and independence. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of aspirations. Both Ilya and Kleopatra wish for their […]

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

In Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of paralysis, greed, selfishness, control, ego, aspirations, power and change. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is a framed narrative written firstly in the third person and then in the first person. What is also striking about the story is the sense of paralysis that both Ivan […]

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A Misfortune by Anton Chekhov

In A Misfortune by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of control, ego, love, selfishness, guilt, honesty and conflict. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of control. Sofya throughout the story […]

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Hush by Anton Chekhov

In Hush! by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of dedication, sacrifice, fear, frustration, selfishness, aspirations, writing and control. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of dedication. Rather than going to […]

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The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov

In The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of infidelity, trust, guilt, respect, compassion, ego, escape, love and secrecy. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme […]

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Champagne by Anton Chekhov

In Champagne by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of loneliness, discontent, bitterness, loyalty, escape, self-pity, temptation and infidelity. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Nicolas and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of loneliness. There is a […]

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The Beggar by Anton Chekhov

In The Beggar by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of change, dishonesty, alcoholism, kindness compassion, desperation, struggle, selflessness and gratitude. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of desperation and struggle. […]

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The Trousseau by Anton Chekhov

In The Trousseau by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of fear, apprehension, hope, aspiration, selfishness and marriage. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of fear. There is a sense that […]

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The Looking-Glass by Anton Chekhov

In The Looking-Glass by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of devotion, loneliness, escape, fear, love, dedication, hope, defeat and independence. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of love. Though Nellie’s account of what […]

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The Malefactor by Anton Chekhov

In The Malefactor by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of justice, poverty, responsibility, control and hardship. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of justice. There is a sense that the magistrate is not […]

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