Shelves: classics , penguin-l-b-c , 3-star-reads Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic. Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless. The only way a man can be happy is by shutting out the misfortune of others, and living in a state of ignorant bliss. But, according to him, this gives no real purpose to life.
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He is a veterinary surgeon and friends with Burkin and Alehin. His brother is Nikolay. This illustrates that Ivan is a free spirit and enjoys life. Burkin- Burkin is a high school teacher and friends with Ivan.
Alehin- Alehin is a kind soul and is willing to share his house with Burkin and Ivan. He seems grateful for their company. He has a beautiful maid working for him, Pelagea. Symbols Gooseberries The gooseberries symbolize the dreams of someone. Rain The rain represents opportunity. Then, Ivan saw the opportunity to tell Alehin, the youngest of the three, to live his life and not take anything for granted. Themes Honest Communication Ivan, very bluntly, discusses the issue of society.
The three of them wash off, and Ivan and Burkin decide to stay the night. Rising Action- Burkin mentions the story that Ivan was going to tell him earlier. Ivan settles, Pelagea brings them food, and he begins their story.
Climax- Ivan tells the story of how his brother was unhappy in his government job, so he married a rich widow and saved up.
His dream was to buy an estate and plant gooseberries. Finally, he achieved it and Ivan visited him. Falling Action- Ivan continues to tell them that although his brother got what he wanted, he had become a lesser person. Burkin and Alehin are not satisfied with this resolution because Ivan just keeps chanting "If I were young" Gooseberries , for absolutely no reason. Ivan and Alehin decide to do the same. The story ends with Burkin unable to sleep and the rain continuing on.
As well as this, a village, Mironositskoe, is mentioned, which is in Russia. However, there is absolutely no indication of the time period. No dates, events, or hints are given.
Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Theme & Analysis
He is a veterinary surgeon and friends with Burkin and Alehin. His brother is Nikolay. This illustrates that Ivan is a free spirit and enjoys life. Burkin- Burkin is a high school teacher and friends with Ivan. Alehin- Alehin is a kind soul and is willing to share his house with Burkin and Ivan. He seems grateful for their company. He has a beautiful maid working for him, Pelagea.
Gooseberries (short story)
Summary Gooseberries Summary The sky is overcast with heavy clouds, but it does not rain. Two old men—Ivan, a vet, and Burkin, a teacher—walk across the fields. Ivan prepares to tell his friend a story and lights his pipe in preparation. They find the forty year-old standing in one of his barns near a winnowing machine. Aliokhin is dirty from his work, and he invites his friends into the main house to bathe.
Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov: Summary & Quotes
Ivan Ivanovitch, the veterinary surgeon, and Burkin, the high-school teacher, were already tired from walking, and the fields seemed to them endless. Far ahead of them they could just see the windmills of the village of Mironositskoe; on the right stretched a row of hillocks which disappeared in the distance behind the village, and they both knew that this was the bank of the river, that there were meadows, green willows, homesteads there, and that if one stood on one of the hillocks one could see from it the same vast plain, telegraph-wires, and a train which in the distance looked like a crawling caterpillar, and that in clear weather one could even see the town. Now, in still weather, when all nature seemed mild and dreamy, Ivan Ivanovitch and Burkin were filled with love of that countryside, and both thought how great, how beautiful a land it was. And five minutes later heavy rain came down, covering the sky, and it was hard to tell when it would be over.