Chekhov’s story “ The Lady with the Dog” represents transformations in woman’s role and man’s perception about women. The main character Dmitri Gurov ,who was a womanizer, didn’t care about women, “to whom he referred as the lower race”. His view of Anna Sergeevna was the same as he considered any other woman , but within time it had changed and Gurov fell in love with her, and he never experienced before in his life.
Anna Sergeevna was a young married woman in her early twenties, who went on vacation to Yalta alone ( which seemed very interesting and strange for me).She seemed very naïve. When she made love with Dmitri for the first time, she felt bad and embarrassed, Anna couldn’t hold her emotions inside herself. Anna never deceived her husband and now she was like “ an ordinary woman”(“ It’s not right. You will never respect me anymore”, “ I’m wicked ,fallen woman”, p.1527). I’m sure she felt in that way, because of her family education and social stereotypes. It was a nonsense when a married woman could have an affair with a married man, it was shame. Anna knew that she shouldn’t have done that, but she did it. It was interesting for me that she thought that he would not respect her anymore, but eventually Dmitri fell in love with her. Now Dmitri was not so powerful over women anymore, but Anna got some power over him , which she was not even planning to get. Now Dmitri couldn’t live without her and stop thinking about her. I think Anna is a vivid example, when we can see transformation of a woman- innocent to a woman, who got power.
Personally, I like the fact that Dmitri became vulnerable and Anna’s role was leading in their relationship. However, I dislike unfaithful people in both genders, I think it’s one of the worst deeds people can do in their life. Thus, I think Chekhov wanted to show us some kind of woman’s protest that Anna represents in her infidelity. Certainly, Anna didn’t have that protest, but I feel it was an indirect message from the author.