GOOSEBERRIES ANTON CHEKHOV PDF

Summary Gooseberries Summary The sky is overcast with heavy clouds, but it does not rain. Two old men—Ivan, a vet, and Burkin, a teacher—walk across the fields. Ivan prepares to tell his friend a story and lights his pipe in preparation. They find the forty year-old standing in one of his barns near a winnowing machine.

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Shelves: classics , penguin-l-b-c , 3-star-reads Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic. Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless. The only way a man can be happy is by shutting out the misfortune of others, and living in a state of ignorant bliss. But, according to him, this gives no real purpose to life. The only way to live a purposeful life is by being kind to others unto death. This is all brought to the realisation of the narrator through a gooseberry.

Yes, a gooseberry. I like the way Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic. I like the way this was done because it shows the self-serving nature of happiness.

He has convinced himself that they are delicious. This is juxtaposed against how he has shut out the realities of the world; he has shut out the realities of how a gooseberry should taste. His happiness has only been achieved by ignoring the poverty and destitution of Russia.

Comparatively, his fine gooseberries have only been created by ignoring how a proper tasting gooseberry should taste. His happiness simply serves himself. He, essentially, says that no man should be happy whilst others suffer.

So, by his logic, no man has the right to happiness because of it. This is a bleak outlook, and an unfair observation of the world. He cannot change poverty nor world hunger. His happiness may be selfish, but it is happiness he has earnt.

Should he be miserable and destitute simply because others are? I liked this short story simply because it was thought provoking.

This again is true but, unobtainable. I shall post a short review after reading each one. No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them! Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection.

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

In a slightly revised version it was included into Volume 12 of the , second edition of the Collected Works by A. Chekhov, and then into Volume 11 of the third, posthumous edition. On 29 September he wrote to Marks: "The Man in a Case, Gooseberries and About Love belong to one cycle which has not been finished yet, so they might appear only in the volumes 11 or 12, when the whole set would have been completed. Originally he intended to end the story with the main character falling ill and dying in bitter disillusionment after having had all his ambitions fulfilled. Gradually the psychological portrait of Nikolai Ivanovich became more satirical and complicated.

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Quotes

It achieves this effect with the striking imagery of its opening scene. Two friends trudge across a field while clouds hang heavy overhead. The men head to the house of a nearby friend to escape the rain. After the imagery of the cold, wet landscape, Chekhov turns around and uses more rich language to provide contrast in the next scene.

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis

Shelves: classics , penguin-l-b-c , 3-star-reads Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic. Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless. The only way a man can be happy is by shutting out the misfortune of others, and living in a state of ignorant bliss. But, according to him, this gives no real purpose to life. The only way to live a purposeful life is by being kind to others unto death. This is all brought to the realisation of the narrator through a gooseberry. Yes, a gooseberry.

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