Biographical-Anton Chekhov’s The Lottery Ticket

‘The Lottery Ticket’ is one of the famous short stories by Anton Chekhov. The story talks about the situation wherein Ivan Dmitritch and his wife are dreaming about how their lives would change if they win the lottery. It is in here that both characters develop criticisms towards each other surrounding their current state. In the end, both had to accept the bitter reality that they didn’t win and the idea of how this news change their views about one another. The once typical, loving and trustworthy, husband and wife relationship is now estranged by prejudice and mistrust.

Although not similar, you can see a correlation of the story ‘The Lottery Ticket’ to his early life in Taganrog, Russian Empire, where his father has declared bankruptcy after overextending his finances building a new house, having been cheated by a contractor. Much like how Ivan Dmirtritch and his wife wanted to escape reality if they win in the lottery, Chekhov’s father fled to Moscow where they lived in poverty; Chekhov’s mother was physically and emotionally broken by the experience. Just like Ivan and his wife broke their impressions towards one another; which was mostly positive, into their partners being untrustworthy and greedy.

Now we come to the question of ‘if Ivan and his wife or if Chekhov’s father didn’t build a new house’, will they be estranged from one another and the stability of their livelihood that led his family to flee towards Moscow to escape the debts? If only Chekhov’s father was content or Ivan and his wife, would there be no problems at all? Contentment is happiness and in itself is fulfilling, finding joy in what you have and what you can accomplish is the wisdom that Ivan and his wife, Chekhov’s father both didn’t have.

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