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Anton Chekov's The Lottery Ticket

Seminar Exemplar for ENG 3U

Bill Penny

on 11 February 2011

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Transcript of Anton Chekov's The Lottery Ticket

The Lottery Ticket Author: Anton Chekhov
Published: 1893 Anton Chekhov Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, Ukraine on January 17th in the year 1860. Chekhov attended a school for Greek boys in his hometown from 1867-1868 and later he attended the local grammar school from 1868-1876 when his father went bankrupt and moved the family to Moscow. After he finished grammar school Chekhov enrolled in the Moscow University Medical School, where he would eventually become a doctor While attending medical school Chekhov began to publish comic short stories and used the money to support himself and his family and by 1886 he had gained wide fame as a writer Chekhov was awarded the Pushkin Prize in 1888. The next year he was elected a member of the Society of Lovers of Russian Literature. However after the failure of his play The Wood Demon (1889) he withdrew from literature for a while and returned to medicine In 1892 Chekhov bought an estate in the country village of Melikhove and became a full time writer. It was during this time that he published some of his most memorable stories In 1901 Chekhov finally married to an actress, Olga Knipper, who had performed in his plays. But their bliss would be short lived, Chekhov died on July 15, 1904, in Badenweiler, Germany. He is buried in the cemetery of the Novodeviche Monastery in Moscow. Plot
Ivan Dmitrich sitting on his couch reads the newspaper, and checks the winning lottery numbers
Ivan discovers lottery number is the same.
Differsm reading series number so they can imagine what might be.
Ivan imagines time spent in Tula, and St. Martins, Lying on the beach and drinking leasurely
Ivan says he would go away in the fall season to France or Italy. Masha says she would go to. Ivan then imagines how much of a spoiler it would be to have his wife away on a trip with him. Ivan begins to imagine how Masha will put him on a small allowance and he will not be able to enjoy the fortune.
He thinks about all the relatives who will come looking for an unwarranted share of the money.
The tension builds as Ivan feels more and more disgust towards those that would keep him from his money.
He looks at Masha and believes he can see the same feelings on her face. Ivan reads the ticket and the ticket number is wrong number is wrong. Ivan is now left unsatisfied with his lot in life Intensive Analysis Story: The Lottery Ticket
Author: Anton Chekov
Date Published: 1893
Intensive Analysis

dispassionate, detached, matter of fact

“Ivan Dmitritch, a middle-class man who lived with his family on an income of twelve hundred a year and was very well satisfied with his lot, sat down on the sofa after supper and began reading the newspaper.”

Suspenseful: Through Ivan, the author continually differs are discovery of the winning numbers. We are given the series, but not the ticket number.

‘"9,499?" she asked, turning pale and dropping the folded tablecloth on the table.
"Yes, yes . . . it really is there!"
"And the number of the ticket?"
"Oh, yes! There's the number of the ticket too. But stay . . . wait! No, I say! Anyway, the number of our series is there! Anyway, you understand. . . ."’

Level of language

“That's not money, but power, capital! And in a minute I shall look at the list, and there -- 26! Eh? I say, what if we really have won?"

“And pictures came crowding on his imagination, each more gracious and poetical than the last. And in all these pictures he saw himself well-fed, serene, healthy, felt warm, even hot! Here, after eating a summer soup, cold as ice, he lay on his back on the burning sand close to a stream or in the garden under a lime-tree. . . . It is hot. . . . His little boy and girl are crawling about near him, digging in the sand or catching ladybirds in the grass. He dozes sweetly, thinking of nothing, and feeling all over that he need not go to the office today, tomorrow, or the day after. Or, tired of lying still, he goes to the hayfield, or to the forest for mushrooms, or watches the peasants catching fish with a net. When the sun sets he takes a towel and soap and saunters to the bathing-shed, where he undresses at his leisure, slowly rubs his bare chest with his hands, and goes into the water. And in the water, near the opaque soapy circles, little fish flit to and fro and green water-weeds nod their heads.”

The lottery ticket represents our human capacity for greed. We want what we haven’t earned and refuse to share the wealth.

Ivan is the main character, he is dynamic. Though he seems to be satisfied with his lot in life at first, the mere thought of winning the lottery suddenly spoils the small happiness that he does have. He is hypocritical, greedy

(Where, when, atmosphere)
Inside the modest house of Ivan Dimitrich. We can Assume that it takes place in Eastern Europe, probably Russia. The first two spots that Ivan mentions as destinations are Tula and Oryal-both Located in Russia.

Person Vs. Self. Though both characters feel animosity towards one another, the real turmoil comes from their imagination. Neither has received any money yet and they are already concerned that the other will spoil it for them.

"She would begrudge me every farthing," he thought, with a glance at his wife. "The lottery ticket is hers, not mine! Besides, what is the use of her going abroad? What does she want there? She would shut herself up in the hotel, and not let me out of her sight. . . . I know!"

Time Sequence
Present to future as Ivan images the places he would go if he won the lottery.

We are greedy by nature. Even the thought of money can cause people to turn on one another. Money can’t buy happiness.
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