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Park 1 Samuel Park Professor Colombo English 102 October 27, 2010 Finding True Love Marriage represents a traditional arrangement between a man and a woman that has existed since the beginning of society. Through this arrangement, the man and woman join in a union that lasts for a lifetime. However, in today’s evolved society, lasting and committed relationships based on love are hard to find. Anton Chekhov and Joyce Carol Oates, in both of their variations of “The Lady with the Pet Dog,” portray protagonists that are unable to find true love in or outside of their marriages, only confusion and deceit. In both stories, false love is attributed to what one cannot have, a driving force to find love in old age, and as a means to rescue someone out of a strained marriage. In both stories by Anton Chekhov and Oates, love is portrayed as an act of lust. The infatuations of both characters’ passions grow more strongly as a result of rejections made by their lovers. The rejections made to their advances fueled the love pursuit of both main characters even more. In Chekhov’s, “The Lady with the Pet Dog,” Anna departs from Dmitry with a short goodbye and the intention of never seeing him again. As time passes, Dmitry thinks of Anna, the time they had together, and is saddened because he knows that she was not completely happy when being with him. “He was moved, sad, and slightly remorseful: this young woman whom he would never meet again had not been happy with him…” (Chekhov, 210). This event with Anna is very different from the experiences that Dmitry had with other women.
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