Olenka soon becomes obsessed with the son, Sasha; she follows him to school and confesses that she loved him, "never had her soul surrendered to any feeling so spontaneously".
Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of dependency.
We as readers never get to know their names or any other information about them. She even encourages her new friend, an army veterinarian named Smirnin, to forgive his adulterous wife and mend their marriage for the good of his son. Similarly when she marries Pustovalov her thoughts mirror his and what is also noticeable is that she no longer believes in the importance of the theatre.
We sense that society is collectively patting the protagonist on the back for subordinating to the male intellect. Olga and Smirnin soon become lovers. Is referred to as "darling" for her sweet personality and willingness to give.
Even the sense of fulfillment she gains looking after Sasha is spurious because the child does not love her in return. As a result, readers feel both sympathy and exasperation toward the protagonist.
It is as though Olenka is unable to think for herself and has a total dependency on the men in her life. In reality Olenka may not necessarily know who she really is.
We see that while Olga is prepared to die for the little boy, Sasha asks his "auntie" not to walk him into school because he is secretly ashamed of her. Which may suggest that Olenka is living a paralyzed type of life with little or no emotional or mental development due to her reliance and dependency on others.
Eventually all the male connections she has had are gone and it says "She had no opinions of any sort. When the reality is very much different. Chekhov in 18 volumes. University of Chicago Press. Although Olga and her husband live well, Kukin grows increasingly thin in concern over their livelihood.
This may be important as it again suggests that not only is Olenka unable to live her life independent of others but she remains at the end of the story dependent on Sasha just as she had previously been dependent on her two husbands.
Described as a small thin man, yellow face, with curls, talks in a thin tenor voice with an expression of despair, but had a deep genuine affection in Olenka Vassily Andreitch Pustovalov: Theme[ edit ] One predominant theme in the story was that a woman does not have the ability to think independently.
Easily embarrassed by Olenka. Olenka disregards all responsibilities of the theater and concentrates on the opinions and thoughts of her new husband.
Olenka soon finds another man she becomes attached to, Vasily Pustovalov, a merchant from a timber yard; after a few days she becomes infatuated by him and they marry.
Very beautiful, but is also emotional, gentle, soft-hearted, compassionate, mild and tender eyes. The two of them live a comfortable life of casual talk and religious activities until Vasily becomes ill and dies from a prolonged cold.
The Darling Summary Olga Plemyannikov sits on the steps of her house musing in the heat of the day. Which may be the point that Chekhov is attempting to make. We are left to wonder at the sheer unoriginality of a woman who, when married to a timber merchant, concludes, "the most important and necessary thing in life was timber.
This man, worked at the timber yard, Olenka made timber her life; throughout the story it stated that she would think, talk, and dream about timber all day. She shifts from talking about the theatre and timber to the difficulties that a child faces in High School. Chekhov first cultivates our sympathy toward his protagonist by noting that Olga felt a "deep and genuine feeling" toward her first husband; he then shows how she suffers through a string of bereavements.
While Olga is endearingly sweet and unaffected, readers cannot help but be irritated by her inability to form opinions. Falls ill from a cold and later dies a few months later.
Living her life reliant on others to provide her with contentment and happiness. During the time she spent with him she only thought about the theater programs and any other concerns that Kuklin had; however, when he died she only waits three months before becoming involved with another man.
Though it is natural to be sad when a loved one dies.
The theater owner Mr. The Story and Its Writer: Olga suggests that the family move into her home, and Olga can live in the attached cottage. Kukin travels to Moscow and dies; Olenka is given word of his death and mourns for three months. She throws all she has into the relationships she has with them.In The Darling by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of dependency, independence, identity, devotion, fear, paralysis and insecurity.
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Olenka, the daughter of the retired collegiate assessor Plemyanikov, was sitting on the back-door steps of her house doing nothing. The Darling study guide contains a biography of Anton Chekhov, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
About The Darling The Darling Summary. 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.
"The Darling" (Russian: Душечка, translit. Dushechka) is a short story by Russian author Anton Chekhov, first published in the No.1,issue of Semya (Family) magazine, on January 3, in Moscow. . Free Essay: The story “The Darling” by Anton Chekhov, illustrates a woman that is lonely, insecure, and lacking wholeness of oneself without a man in her.Download