Happy Ending, A Anton Chekhov
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In A Happy Ending by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of marriage, happiness, loneliness, choice, control, indecision and desperation. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Chekhov is exploring the theme of marriage. Stytchkin is talking to Lyubov and detailing to her what type of man he is and what type of woman he is looking for. What is interesting about Stytchkin’s description of himself is the fact that he admits to being lonely and it is this sense of loneliness which appears to be the driving factor in Stytchkin’s search for a wife. If anything Stytchkin is unhappy in life and what is interesting is that he equates marriage to happiness. Believing that should he get married he will be happy and his life will improve. Though this may be the case it also suggests that Stytchkin at present is uncomfortable in his life and may in reality be desperate to find a wife. It is as though Stytchkin is running out of time or at least he feels as though he is running out of time. The fact that Stytchkin is so indecisive (or picky) when it comes to the type of woman he wants to marry doesn’t help matters either. Though some critics might suggest that Stytchkin is just been precise about the type of woman he would like to marry the reality is more likely that Stytchkin doesn’t really know what type of woman he wants to marry. Which suggests that Stytchkin hasn’t really thought fully about what he wants. Something that lends the reader to again believe that Stytchkin is desperate.