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This paper is a review of Vanka by Anton Chekhov Chekhov was a nineteenth-century Russian writer whose grandfather had been a serf and became famous as a playwright ans as a writer of short stories The short story Vanka is about youth and adolescence and adopts a limited point of view because the nine-year old Vanka sees the world through the eyes of a child less experienced and less knowing This young boy Vanka had been apprenticed to Alyahin the shoemaker for the past three months This story seems to take place in a town near Moscow Russia The writer looks through the eyes of Vanka and therefore has a limited point of view The central characters perception of the world he is living in is limited This is a child who is exhausted and abused he is making a desperate cry for help on Christmas Eve as he writes his grandfather and pleads Do come dear Grandaddyfor Christs sake I beg you take me away from here para He has a perception of the life he came from living in the masters house when his mother was alive and he really has a limited understanding or knowledge of why his life had to make such a dramatic change Vankas master and mistress and the journeymen have gone to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve so he decides to write his grandfather Konstantin Makarych a letter In this letter the boy explains the dreary conditions in which he lives and begs the grandfather to come and rescue him
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