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Chekhov’s Short Stories Reflective Statement At first glance, Chekhov’s selected short stories appear to be random tales of a foreign culture. Through the interactive oral, however, I understood that Chekhov displayed 19 th century Russian culture the way it was. Perhaps this is why his writing was so powerful: because he represented things the way they are, giving the reader a deeper understanding and appreciation of Russian life. Through the interactive oral, I was able to better understand 19 th century Russian culture. We discussed the way people acted and were treated, social behavior, politics, class system, defenselessness of women and children, and the important feature of poshlost. Poshlost can be understood as a vulgar way of life, where people lacked authenticity and looked for self-approval in popular trends; this trait, which caused cultural conflict, appears in Chekhov’s stories. The influence of poshlost meant he could mainly write of ruin and loss.

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