The Darling Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 87 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Darling.
This section contains 3,037 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Darling Study Guide

In the following essay excerpt, Peterson examines the "obsession with language and with the power that language can bring to its possessor" in "The Darling."

On the surface "The Darling" is a comic story. Chekhov himself recognized it as such; moreover, the principles of the comic mode of expression are evident in the story's obsession with language and with the power that language can bring to its possessor. Other links to Chekhov's early comic stories include the static and theatrical beginning (reminiscent of stage directions), the circumstantial disruption (rain), allegorical names, and stereotypical characters. The heteroglossia of Chekhov's early stories is there, but it is more refined, approaching in its finesse the virtuosity of Dickens. "The Darling" is a tour de force of comic "hybrid" narration where several speech manners, several "languages" and belief systems are allowed to exist side by side. And, as in Chekhov's early...

(read more)

This section contains 3,037 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Darling Study Guide
Copyrights
Gale
The Darling from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook