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Checkov and Oates The Lady with a Pet Dog Modernism vs Romanticism There are many debatable similarities and differences between Checkovs Lady with a Pet Dog set in Russia in the early part of the century and Joyce Carol Oates Lady with a Pet Dog told from Annas point of view in the 1970s in Nantucket However Oates modernization makes the story lose a lot in translation The modernized version lacks the romance and appeal that Checkovs version possesses and doesnt have the same flair due to the modern setting Annas madness and lack of depth in the support characters and Oates over all writing style First off the settings play a large role in how the story is perceived Checkovs tale takes its setting in the ends of Imperial Russia Russia is still very much an elegant and envied world power The splendor of the circle in which his Anna and Dmitry live is obvious by their taking vacations to the coast and by the way their families are described His story hails from the same time period as the legendary Anna Karienna They share the same themes of love and loyalty In Anna Karienna the theme is also about adultry by a woman who is devoted to her family but finds passion in the arms of another man The richness of the scenes in Checkovs story only adds to the romantic flair of the tale The scene in which they sit and look at the countryside with the description of the fresh morning air and the nearby town accompanied by the eloquence of Checkovs portrayal of the characters thoughts and feelings in the scene gives the story a soothing and inspiring romantic flair Oates story lacks these characteristics Its modern settings-on a beach in a bathroom in a hotel room coupled with the moderness of the characters thoughts and feelings leave the reader depressed and anxious There is very little about the
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