LITTRANS 204 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Gooseberry

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Littrans204 - lecture 4 - gooseberries, about love, and the bishop (1/25/17) Chekhov shows how critical people get near end of life about how their perspective was throughout their own life. Shows focus on the losses -- death is better because there isn"t any more losses. Spent a lot of time with ivan roaming the countryside. Always dreamed of having an estate after their father"s estate was taken away. Labored endlessly in a government job and saved up money. Very stingy with money, didn"t enjoy himself in order to save up for his estate. All the estates he looked at had gooseberries -- the symbol for his success. Marries a wealthy widow and basically starves her to death by barely feeding her and keeping all her money in his savings. Once she passes away, he gets a estate with a gooseberry bush, servants, and a view of the forest. Unhappiness about life choices - theme in chekhov"s stories.

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