Status in Two Chekhov Stories


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Status in Two Chekhov Stories
In the introduction to our edition of Chekhov's short stories, by George Pahomov, it is stated that Chekhov's fiction “captured the burgeoning Russian democracy” and that “in Chekhov's democratic world view, no one was excluded” (vii-viii). We see these ideals being put forward in the two stories by Chekhov that we will discuss in this paper. In these two stories, “The Resurrection” and “The Dance Pianist,” we can see how Chekhov depicts a world where the author's own democratic ideals may be in mind, but which is in reality still very much based on the old-fashioned concepts of status and rank. We will see that both of these stories center around the concept of social status, especially in the way that...
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.....t human relationships. We can see in both stories the sometimes disastrous effects that can result from either a real change in social status (as in “The Confession”) or even a perceived or mistaken one (as in “The Dance Pianist”). Although Chekhov himself may have held democratic ideals (as mentioned at the beginning of this paper), in these stories he is able to describe the reality of a society in which status roles and social position are of high importance, and which imposes serious consequences for violations.
Works Cited
Chekhov, Anton. “The Confession.” In Anton Chekhov: Selected Stories, pp. 1-4. New York: Signet Classics 1960.
--- . “The Dance Pianist.” In Anton Chekhov: Selected Stories, pp. 46-52. New York: Signet Classics 1960.