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Ambiguity Anton Chekhovs short and fictional stories played an important role in the history of literature Chekhovs writings marked the transformation into the modern form with modern ideas His work was marked as profound works of literature such as his short story The Lady with the Dog which was called one of the greatest stories ever written Along with good reviews often comes criticism Karl Kramer a critic and the author of Stories of Ambiguity argues that the ambiguity in the story is whether Gurov changes or not Clearly seen in the story the ambiguity lies in the ending just as Anton Chekhov intended it to Therefore the ambiguous element is the ending of the story and not whether Gurov changed or not Karl Kramers argument is that the ambiguity is that we are not sure Gurov changes He believes that the ending is defined but whether Gurov changed or not is left entirely up to the reader and their interpretation of the story For example Kramer states in his essay that the fundamental question which lies before Gurov at the end of the story is not what he and Anna will do in the future but rather precisely what kind of relationship exists between them 349 According to Kramers view of the ending the reason Chekhov wrote the ending the way that he did was to make the reader wonder if a change in Gurov had occurred or not The story had nothing to do with what decision Anna and Gurov would reach upon at the end because the story is really about whether Gurov really falls in love with Anna and is he really becomes capable of love In addition Kramer also asks the question is this a new experience for Gurov or is it merely a repetition of the emotional tangle he has been in so often before 349 This is the question that the ending of the story
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