In the two stories we meet two people that were in love with each other. Their love is so strong that it makes both of them wonder about their relationship and their life. Their love was adultery, but to the reader it was the perfect love and attraction that you wish to have when you find your love.
The big difference between Chekhov story and Oates story is that one is from a male view and Oates from a female view. I like Chekhov story because Anne’s is a pretty lady with dignity and proud. Anna in Oates story is not a strong woman. She talks a bout suicide and murder. Its Seems that it’s not the same women we knew from Chekhov story. When Gurov saw her the first time he just saw a woman, a new person in the city with a dog. But “One evening while he was dining in the public garden the lady in the beret walked up without haste to take the next table. Her expression, her gait, her dress, and the way she did her hair told him that she belong to upper class”. He felt eager to know her, to have sex with her without knowing her name. He did not love her then, but after a few days he could not forget her. She was in his mind all the time.
Gurov did not like his wife and was unfaithful to her for a long time. When he meet Anna, I felt, she was the woman that he was looking for in his life.
Anna is trapped between two men. One that make her feel like nothing and the other one that make her feel a live. Anna loves her husband but not in the same passion that she loves Gurov. Anna and Gurov Found love and passion in each other arms and feel like a husband and wife, both of them tried to let it go but they can not. Gurov himself tried to understand their relationship but he stop, ” he wanted to be sincere and tender.” She constantly questions his ability to respect her and love her. I don’t know if she is not sure or just want to hear it again and again.
At the end of the story both, Gurov and Anna, understood; “and it was clear to both of them that the end was still far off, and what was to be most complicated and difficult for them was only just beginning.” After a long time of being together and trying not to see each other they knew that their love is very strong and forever. I did not like Oates story becouse she makes Anna look like simple women with out respect for her, a woman insane with love. Chekhov tells his story from eyes of a man looking at a beautiful woman, Smart, with a soft voice. He makes her so perfect that you forget that their love was innocent but sinful.