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Smirnov vs Mrs Popov In the drama The Brute Anton Checkov displays how men feel that women treat men and in the same respect how women feel that men treat women The portrayal of characters in this drama is somewhat humorous because regardless of the outward expression of the main characters love is in the air and the expectations of men and women concerning each other are forced aside in the end To begin Smirnov enters the play as being someone with complete disrespect for anyone of the opposite sex He has absolutely no shame in speaking vulgar words such as idiot and damn or saying inappropriate phrases like God damn it to hell in front of a woman Mrs Popov in particular Smirnov acts as if he is desensitized to love compassion emotion and tenderness It is obvious that Smirnovs actions are merely an act and not his true nature because even from the point of introduction to Mrs Popov Smirnov cannot help but make hidden compliments about her schoolgirl dimples or speak of how charmante she looks in mourning even through his supposed rage The part in which Checkov expresses how men feel that women treat them comes to play after Mrs Popov lectures Smirnov about his mannerisms Smirnov absolutely cannot contain himself and comes back with an extensive remark He says Ive fought three duels on womens accountIve played the fool in my timeburning eyes dark eyelashes ripe red lips dimpled cheeks heaving bosoms soft whisperings the moon above the lake belowI dont give a rap for that sort of nonsense anymore women young or old are false petty vain cruel malicious unreasonablefor a man love is suffering love is sacrifice These statements give a viewer or reader a significant show of emotion from Smirnov The fact that he speaks of burning eyes and heaving bosoms proves that he still thinks about women and their beauty and is simply trying
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