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Ch 6: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov

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If you need to improve your understanding of Anton Chekhov's short stories, take a look at this convenient English study resource. The chapter's engaging lessons and mini quizzes can help you prepare for exams, write literature essays and improve your grades.

The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov - Chapter Summary

Check out this collection of fun literature lessons to study short stories by Anton Chekhov. You'll review thematic, character and literary criticism topics pertaining to Chekhov's most important short stories, including ''The Bet.'' The chapter is available at any time of day or night, and each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you retain the short story terms and concepts you study. If you have any questions, simply submit them to our instructors online. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Summarize and analyze Chekhov's ''The Bet''
  • Recognize the major themes and characters from ''The Bet''
  • Interpret literary criticism of Chekhov's short stories

17 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov
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The Bet by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis

1. The Bet by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis

Anton Chekhov's 'The Bet' examines the value of life. First, it touches on the question of the morality of capital punishment. Then, the story goes deeper to examine the very meaning of man's existence.

The Bet: Short Story Summary

2. The Bet: Short Story Summary

A bet involving money and time is the main idea behind Anton Chekov's ''The Bet.'' In this lesson, you'll find a summary of this short story and learn more about the bet that changed both men's lives.

The Bet Characters

3. The Bet Characters

''The Bet'' is a short story by Anton Chekhov. Two characters, the lawyer and the banker make a ridiculous bet. In this lesson, we will learn about the characters to get a better understanding of the story.

The Bet Literary Criticism

4. The Bet Literary Criticism

A simple wager leads to a quest for purpose in Anton Chekhov's short story 'The Bet.' Chekhov constructs a simple plot through which he explores the philosophical meaning of fulfillment. These qualities exemplify why Chekhov is considered a master of the short story.

The Darling by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

5. The Darling by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

Anton Chekhov's 'The Darling' tells the story of Olga Semyonovna Pleyannikov. Olga needs to be loved. Without it, she becomes an empty shell of herself. By portraying Olga in this manner, Chekhov comments on the need for women to become more independent from their husband and let their individualism shine.

The Death of a Government Clerk: Summary & Analysis

6. The Death of a Government Clerk: Summary & Analysis

A simple act like sneezing develops into a huge incident for a government clerk as he frets over the act and how it might affect his job. Anton Chekhov's ~'The Death of a Government Clerk~' satirizes government officials through the comedic errors of his protagonist, Ivan Chervyakov.

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis

7. Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis

'Gooseberries' may be a short story, but it's one rich in language, structure, and interesting themes. Let's analyze what helps make Chekhov's story so effective.

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Quotes

8. Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Quotes

'Gooseberries' is a short story by the iconic Russian author Anton Chekhov who wrote it in 1898, near the end of his life. The title is deceptively simple, as the story itself raises some important philosophical questions.

Gusev by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Symbolism

9. Gusev by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Symbolism

Anton Chekhov's 'Gusev' tells the last days of Gusev as he sails home from the frontline in the Far East. The symbolism in the story speaks to the isolation and alienation of these men. There is hope within the symbolism as found in Gusev's last moments.

The Huntsman by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

10. The Huntsman by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

Anton Chekhov's 'The Hunstman' tells of a meeting between a huntsman and a woman from his past. The brief conversation that occurs reveals much about both characters. It also provides insight to prejudices of gender and class.

The Lady with the Dog: Symbolism & Quotes

11. The Lady with the Dog: Symbolism & Quotes

Symbolism is a common literary device. In this lesson we will explore the use of symbolism in 'The Lady with the Dog' by Anton Chekhov, including quotes from the story.

Misery by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Characters

12. Misery by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Characters

Anton Chekhov's ''Misery'' explores human grief and the need for human compassion. When a cab driver attempts to talk about his son's death, he is rebuffed. But, he finds compassion in an unexpected way.

Sleepy by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

13. Sleepy by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

Sleepy, by Anton Chekhov, gives a sense of what it must be like to suffer from sleep deprivation. What makes the story different is that it is from the perspective of a thirteen year-old girl. Her chores prevent her from sleep, and as a result, she takes drastic action to satisfy this physical need.

The Student by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

14. The Student by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

Anton Chekhov's short story 'The Student' may appear as a story that espouses the religious beliefs of its author. Instead, it is a story about a young man, a seminary student, who discovers how the past continues to affect the present. This recognition gives him a sense of hope and feeling of joy.

Vanka by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

15. Vanka by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Analysis

Anton Chekhov tells a young boy's story in the tale ~'Vanka.~' The narrative explores the difficulties of life as an apprentice, particularly for an orphaned boy. Chekhov also examines the differences in lifestyle between Moscow and a village town.

Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

16. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading the short story ''Bliss'' by Katherine Mansfield, check out the following lesson where we break down the summary and offer an analysis of the story. Read on to get the scoop.

Anton Chekhov's The Kiss: Summary & Analysis

17. Anton Chekhov's The Kiss: Summary & Analysis

What kind of impact can one kiss have? In Anton Chekhov's ''The Kiss,'' you'll learn exactly that. This lesson will cover a summary of the short story and an analysis of the message behind it.

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