Sample English Paper on “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov

Sample English Paper on “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov


“The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov is a short story about love and adulterous affair. As the story ends, both Gurov and Anna are aware the life ahead is full of complications but have the confidence that only the beginning would be difficult.  In a society that does not allow divorce, Gurov and Anna must think of a second option. The two discuss their predicament and agree that they have a long way to go, but only the initial phase is hard. The author is foreshadowing the lovebirds killing their spouses to get the freedom to pursue their relationship openly.

When Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov went to Yalta, his interest was on new arrivals, and he did not fail to notice Anna Sergeyevna. Nobody knew who Anna was and they referred to her as “the lady with the dog”. When Gurov saw Anna, the first thing to cross his mind was that he could befriend her if she did not have a husband or friends: “If she is here alone without a husband or friends, it wouldn’t be amiss to make her acquaintance” (1.3). All in all, the couple is engaged in deep feeling.  Gurov would thus not marry Anna if her husband was alive. The two must thus have planned to kill their spouses to have the freedom to marry each other.

The couple decides that it is no longer possible to hide their relationship. Gurov consoles Anna to stop crying by telling her that it is time for them to make a lasting solution: “You’ve had your cry; that’s enough. . . . Let us talk now, let us think of some plan” (4.19). The subjects Gurov and Anna covered in the talk included “….how to avoid the necessity for secrecy, for deception, for living in different towns and not seeing each other for long at a time” (4.20). It is evident from this statement that Anna and Gurov want to have a lasting solution to their situations of living in secrecy.

Gurov and Anna wish to start living together without keeping it a secret from anyone or having to deceive other people in the process of enjoying their intimacy. However, the most viable way of being free to enjoy each other’s company would be to kill their partners. The death of their partners will mean the union between Anna and Gurov is no longer a secret since they are free to seek love elsewhere. After their partners’ deaths, the lovebirds will cease staying in different towns, neither will they live in deception since they are not answerable to their dead spouses.

The two took long in thinking of a lifetime solution until Gurov clutched his head sounding so exhausted with the task.     To kill another person with the intention of taking their wife or husband is risky thus demanding the perpetrator to take extra caution. Therefore, Anna and Gurov had to talk at length and plan everything tactfully, lest their plans backfire and they get apprehended after which they would not enjoy their love as they would go to jail.

When Gurov was taking his daughter to school, he planned to see Anna after seeing off the girl. Gurov could not think of anything else than how he would see his beloved. For the first time in his life he realized that he had fallen in love. Therefore, he could not resist his feelings. The man was confident that nobody knew of their relationship and even in future, it would remain a secret: “…and no living soul knew of it, and probably never would know” (4.5). Gurov is afraid of his wife and Anna’s husband knowing about their love affair and has sworn none of them would ever come to know. When he thinks no living soul would ever come to discover, it is evident to the reader that he is nurturing thoughts of killing the two since in death they cannot know of his relationship with Anna.


The last statement in the story “…and that the most complicated and difficult part of it was only just the beginning” (4.22) shows how the author foreshadows both Anna and Gurov conspiring to kill their spouses and marry each other. Gurov thinks his association with Anna would never become known to a living soul. The only person he can fear to know of his relations with Anna is his wife and Anna’s husband, hence he is  determined to foster their relationship by killing the two potential threats to their relationship. Anna and Gurov are not happy with their secret affair and would love to live with no deception, yet it is impossible to make the relationship public or deceit-free if their spouses are alive. The two have reached a conclusion, but they acknowledge its beginning will be difficult. The closing statement brings the reader to the conclusion that trapping the targets for killing is the most difficult but after succeeding, Anna and Gurov can enjoy their love forever.

Works Cited

Chekhov, Anton. “The Lady with the Dog.”  Accessed on 11th February, 2017. Retrieved from