Anton Chekhov Writing Styles in The Lady with the Pet Dog

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The narrative style used by Chekhov in "The Lady with the Pet Dog" is third person, somewhat cool and detached like the character of Gurov himself. In this story, however, the third-person point of view is not entirely omniscient (in which one knows everything and can go anywhere) because the reader never directly perceives the thoughts of Anna Sergeyevna. It is a limited third person, through which the reader can understand Gurov's thoughts and feelings, and it is through Gurov's thoughts and perceptions that we learn about Anna. In the very first sentence, for example, the third-person narrative is subtly limited to Gurov's point of view: "A new person, it was said, had appeared on the esplanade. . . ." An omniscient narrator knows everything, and would simply know there was a new person; he would not need to hear about it. It is Gurov, then, who hears things...

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