The Polyphonic Reflections of Death in The Grasshopper and Gusev

Chekhov’s post-Sakhalin stories express the author’s view of death as a prismatic focal point for the human condition. Through dialogue, narratorial comment, and subtextual connections, Chekhov’s stories examine death from so many angles that it becomes impossible to give the theme a singular meaning. Rather, the multiple interpretations of the protagonists’ deaths in The Grasshopper … Read moreThe Polyphonic Reflections of Death in The Grasshopper and Gusev

Chekhov the Fox and Visions of Transcendent Humanity

Anton Chekhov might look like a hedgehog when he returns time and again to the theme of universal humanity and its future path. But Chekhov as ‘the humanist writer’ does not really work towards a unified concept of mankind’s ultimate fate. Rather, the thinking men in his stories and plays present their own diverging and … Read moreChekhov the Fox and Visions of Transcendent Humanity

Shifting the Binaries in “A Joke” by Anton Chekhov

The Anton Chekhov short story titled “A Joke” is an interesting read for the inquisitive readers. Very carefully written, the story allows the readers a chance to dive deeper into the unconscious of the characters and dig out layers of meaning behind the apparently normal words spoken and ordinary actions done by the pair of … Read moreShifting the Binaries in “A Joke” by Anton Chekhov