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Analysis Of Gurov And Krebs From The Stories Lady w/ Pet Dog

Analysis Of Gurov And Krebs From The Stories Lady With The Pet Dog And Soilders Home

The Greatest Gamble

Love is determined by a strong affection, a warm attachment, by complete satisfaction, as well as happiness. Love is a key issue found in society. Everyone seeks love. With true love, comes happiness, pleasure and a feeling of satisfaction in life. It has many obstacles that one will have to hurdle. “It is worth every minute. The happiness and the pain are like exercises for my heart, each time leaving it in better shape than before”(Heart 1). Love is a gamble, that is taken knowing that precious hearts may be broken which leaves many hearts afraid to take the gamble. In the stories, “Soldier’s Home”, and “The Lady with the Pet Dog”, Dmitry Gurov and Krebs are not willing to take that gamble. They find themselves trying to live ordinary lives in the midst of being alienated from society. Love is a gamble, love requires courage, and in love one will find true happiness.

“Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all”(Heart 1). Dmitry Gurov from The Lady With the Pet Dog, and Krebs from Soldier’s Home, are both very intrigued by love, but both do not have the same view, as do the eyes of the world. Gurov deals with his discontent amid the company of his current wife through affairs with many other women. Through past experiences with untrue love for his wife he views women as objects, instead of people with emotions. “It seemed to him that he had been sufficiently tutored by bitter experience to call them what he pleased, and yet he could not have lived without the “inferior race” for two days together”(Chekhov 166). He begins to find himself gambling with true love as he seeks through his emotions for

Anna, his present lover. On the other hand Krebs does not give love a chance and is not willing to take that gamble. After a late return from the war he begins to close himself off from the rest of the world because he discovers that he has been alienated through his own lies. “That was all a lie. It was all a lie both ways....

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