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"The Lottery Ticket" By: Anton Chekhov

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Jeffrey Kopaniasz

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of "The Lottery Ticket" By: Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov
Russian scholar and family man
"The Lottery Ticket" By: Anton Chekhov
Parts of the Plot:
Exposition: The establishment of the Dmitiritch family and status. Also the mentioning of their lottery ticket.
Rising Action/Complications: Ivan finds one of his numbers match, which causes his true wits to leave him. This is where the conflict really begins. Then, Ivan's wife, Masha, mentions her partaking in the wealth.
Climax: Ivan finds out that his lottery ticket number does not match the winning number meaning he did not win his thought up fortune.
Falling Action: Ivan dreads to live the life he lives. He blames the devil, questioning the audacity.
Resolution: No formal resolution present.
The story begins and ends a display of Ivan's lack of wealth. Though at first, his monetary poverty is shown. At the end, his self worth is truly what is lacking.
Everything in between contained the shifts in thought of where the money could and should not go.
There is not much directly revealed about Ivan other than the fact that he is poor and middle-aged. Though, his character is certainly revealed through his speech and consciousness in the story. His greed, hatred, and cynicism are progressively revealed in this way. That being through his actions, feelings, and words.
His wife Masha is given no definitive description, though her innocence is played out through Ivan's harsh words.
Point of view:
This story possesses third-person limited omniscient. The narrator really focused on the thoughts of Ivan Dmitiritch.
Language, tone, and style:
There was informal use of language as a large part of this story was dialogue and the thoughts of Ivan.
The tone is fluctuates from very light voice with a sense of amazement. It progresses to greedy, more stern in voice. Eventually it ends with a very cynical tone.
Chekhov uses a stream-of-consciousness style. He depicts the passing thoughts of Ivan.
Example of serious diction: 'What the devil's the meaning of it?' said Ivan Dmitritch, beginning to be ill-humored. 'Wherever one steps there are bits of paper under one's feet, crumbs, husks. The rooms are never swept! One is simply forced to go out. Damnation take my soul entirely! I shall go and hang myself on the first aspen-tree!'
Plot Overview:
Ivan Dmitiritch wanted to believe that he won had the lottery, as time progressed he grew from a humble man to one of greed. He soon began seeing the splendors of wealth, and when his wife wanted to be a part of it greed set it. Later, he found out his lottery numbers did not match and he literally began to curse the ground he walked on. He even mentioned suicide.
Anton Chekhov

Lived 1860-1904
Notable Russian physician, dramatist, and he is considered one of the greatest short fiction writers.
Early user of the stream-of-consciousness technique.
APE Fiction Presentation
By: Jeffrey Kopaniasz
Man is changed by the presence of wealth.
Money vs. Happiness
Irony and Symbol:
The money and power that drove him to wonders of happiness and splendor soon drove him to suicidal thoughts.
The lottery ticket symbolizes the false sense of happiness and power money brings. The ticket also signifies the futility of this idea.
Money makes man a shell of his former self.
Money does not truly give anyone happiness.
Wealth can bring out a degree of entitlement in a person.
I have always delved into the thought of the possible relation of money and happiness. I always have viewed this as a thought provoking topic. This is one particular reason why I chose this story.
The ideas of this story can be linked with my life because I have witnessed first hand the harms wealth can have on a person. I can say this with both real and artificial wealth.
Provocative Questions:
How would you react to a possible life altering win like Ivan had considered he had? Do you think it would change you? If so, would it be as quick as Ivan's change?
Does money really translate to power as Ivan had eluded to?
Closing Questions:
Why do you think the lottery faux pas drastically changed Ivan and Masha's(his wife) relationship?
Is wealth something to be feared from a physiological standpoint?
Language, tone, and style (continued)
When referring to his family in general, especially with the money in mind, Ivan's word choice becomes very harsh.
The language though continually fluctuates as it becomes lighter as he speaks of himself with the money.
No clear setting is distinguished, but there are hints to it being in Europe. Chekhov does a good job through Ivan to put every other location on a pedestal to make the present setting sound bad.
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