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An Arrogant of Ivan Velikopolsky


By: RISA AFTARIZA 1106020 NK 1 / 2011 Dosen : Dra. Kurnia Ningsih,. M.A


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In this essay, I will analyze a short story that has title The student written by Anton Chekov. Anton Chekhov is popular Russian author; his full name is Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. He was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, near the Black Sea, Ukraine on January 29th in the year 1860. He is the third of six children of Pavel Egorovich Chekhov, a grocery store owner and his mother Evgenia. The name of his siblings are Maria Chekhova, Nikolai Chekhov, Alexander Chekhov, Mikhail Chekhov, and Ivan Chekhov. Anton 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. When he was 16 years old, he decided to remain in his hometown and supported himself by tutoring as he continued his schooling for 3 more years. After he finished grammar school, Chekhov enrolled in the Moscow University Medical School, where he would eventually become a doctor. In 1884 Chekhov graduated from medical school and he practiced medicine until 1892. While practicing medicine in 1886 he became a regular contributor to St.

By 1886, while attending medical school Chekhov began to publish comic short stories and used the money to support himself and his family, and he had gained wide fame as a writer. Chekhov's works were published in various St. Petersburg papers, including Peterburskaia gazeta from 1885, and Novoe vremia from 1886. Anton Chekhov also published 2 full-length novels during this time, one of which, "The Shooting Party," was translated into English in 1926. In February 1887 he was elected to the Literary Fund, an honor given only to prominent authors. In the Twilight, a collection of short stories, appeared in August. Chekhov's first completed play, Ivanov, was produced in Moscow in November 1887. He stopped writing for humor magazines in favor of serious fiction and drama in an attempt to, as he stated in a letter, "depict life as it actually is." Another popular Anton Chekovs books are, The Lady with the Dog, Stories of Anton Chekhov, The Kiss, The Plays of Anton Chekhov, The shooting party, Three sisters, Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper, The Sneeze, The Russian master and other stories, The Tales of Chekhov: Volume 12, The Tales of Chekhov: Volume 4, How to write like Chekhov, The story of a nobody, A night in the cemetery, A life in letters, A Russian Affair, The Party And Other Stories, Tragic Man Despite Himself, The undiscovered Chekhov, Seven short novels, Chekhov plays, The steppe & other stories, Chekhov's the Seagull, Chekhov: Four Plays, The gull, A Journey To the End of the Russian Empire, Chekhov, the early stories, 1883-1888, Great Works of Anton Chekhov, Ivanov, The seagull and Three sisters, Anton Chekhov, kiss and other stories, Longer stories from the last decade, The essential plays, The early plays, Sakhalin Island, Nine Humorous Tales, A Chekhov quartet, The vaudevilles, The comic stories, Ward number six and other stories, The sinner from Toledo, and other stories 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. Instead he turned back to medicine and science in his trip to the penal colony of Sakhalin, north of Siberia. 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 including 'Neighbors' (1892), 'Ward Number Six' (1892), 'The Black Monk' (1894), 'The Murder' (1895), and 'Ariadne' (1895). In 1897 he fell ill with tuberculosis moved to Yalta, while there he wrote his famous stories 'The Man in a Shell,' 'Gooseberries,' 'About Love,' 'Lady with the Dog,' and 'In the Ravine. About the story his love, in 1901 Chekhov 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.

Analysis Short story an arrogant of Ivan Velikopolsky In this short story tell us about a student, 22 years old religious man. His name is Ivan Velikopolsky. He wants to show the world what and how much he knows about life and history his religion. Ivan is an arrogant student, because he behaves like a man who knew everything about what was happening in the world and religion. His behave change to be a wise person when he seen the widow, Vasilisa cry because of his story about Peter. In the early paragraph seen the gloomy background, the self-serving monologue, and emotional widows were all stepping stones to emphasize the arrogance of Ivan. Ivan pours his knowledge out, alluding to the bible and historical figures. He talks about Peter who is denied knowing Jesus to old woman and her daughter. He doesnt even give the widows time to comment. When Ivan is finished, the widow cries. This Ivans attitude shows he is an arrogant; he can not give the widow, Vasilisa or her daughter to explain their comment. We can see how happy Ivan is that he made the widows cry though his speech, how arrogant he is. That seen in this quote: Lukerya left the spoons and fixed an immovable stare upon the student.Although, Vasilisas daughter Lukerya give a clue to Ivan to stop speaking, but he do not realize and keep go on his story. According to me, Ivan being arrogant because he covered his grief, I mean the sadness of Ivan, Ivan came from a poor family; his life is full of hardship and sorrow. Therefore he is behaving like arrogant people who know about the history of the past and without him knowing his story makes widows cries, because the widow has a relationship with Peter is told by Ivan. His seems when he returns home and is full of sadness at the poverty that his family faces and

that his people, and indeed, all humanity have faced over the past thousand years. Ivan was not immediately gone home after he finishes his class, he passed the journey home as people are not eager to live and give up. That can be seen in this quotation His fingers were numb and his face was burning with the wind. It seemed to him that the cold that had suddenly come on had destroyed the order and harmony of things, that nature itself felt ill at ease, and that was why the evening darkness was falling more rapidly than usual.(8) Another evidence that Ivan Velikopolsky is arrogant, when he finished his school he did not want to come back soon, although he had remembered how his parents at home. As a good child he should go home soon, so he can help his parent. It seen in this quote: and he did not want to go home. Why Ivan did not want to go home soon, I think because he does not want see their parents sadness. He does not want see what and how their parent do. Because, it will make him sad too. I think Ivan come from a poor family , because in this quotation tells like this : his mother was sitting barefoot on the floor in the entry, cleaning the samovar, while his father lay on the stove coughing; as it was Good Friday nothing had been cooked, and the student was terribly hungry(11). In the other side, we can also see, Ivans life is full of despair and it makes him be an arrogant person. This quotation also tells us how Ivan desperate about his life. He also think if his life same as Peter, which had been just the same desperate poverty and hunger, the same thatched roofs with holes in them, ignorance, misery, the same desolation around, the same darkness, the same feeling of oppression all these had existed, did exist, and would exist, and the lapse of a thousand years would make life no better.

After he told the story to Vasilisa, Ivan come to be an optimistic person, when he seen the widow, Vasilisa cry. He did not know if Vasilisa has relationship with Peter many years ago. He recognizes that the emotional reaction in response to this story is a sign of the "truth and beauty" that is present in human life throughout the ages, and this acknowledgement of the continuing existence of that truth and beauty gives him hope for his present and for his future, turning his despair in to optimism. That can be seen in this quotation: still smiling, Vasilisa suddenly gave a gulp, big tears flowed freely down her cheeks, and she screened her face from the fire with her sleeve as though ashamed of her tears, However, after recounting the story, he sees that the truth within it provokes an emotional reaction in his audience, the old woman, Vasilisa, and her daughter, and this helps him to recognize that there is a much more optimistic way of looking at life and history, which is summed up in the quote : he thought that truth and beauty which had guided human life there in the garden and in the yard of the high priest had continued without interruption to this day, and had evidently always been the chief thing in human life and in all earthly life, indeed... Ivan Velikopolsky realizes the story of the Peter that he told to Vasilisa is evidence some truth and beauty, look at the responses Valisia make Ivan realized that life is to be optimistic and should not despair. Ivan thought again that if Vasilisa had shed tears, and her daughter had been troubled, it was evident that what he had just been telling them about, which had happened nineteen centuries ago, had a relation to the present to both women, to the desolate village, to himself, to all people. It seen in this quote: he was only twenty-two -- and the inexpressible sweet expectation of happiness, of unknown mysterious happiness, took possession of him little by little, and life seemed to him enchanting, marvellous, and full of lofty meaning.

The last paragraph tell us, if Ivan can be an optimistic person, not because other people, but because him self. I mean because of his personal experience. His personal experiences are the power of the word to heal. He becomes an optimistic person and keep go on his life better. Ivan Velikopolsky realizes the story of the Peter that he told to Vasilisa is evidence some truth and beauty, look at the responses Valisia make Ivan realized that life is to be optimistic and should not despair and arrogant. Everyone has a past, can be happiness or can be sadness. Poverty does not mean to make our lives full of sadness and despair. Sometimes we think we are the most miserable life among many people in this world. It was wrong, as human beings we should be able to make our lives better, optimistic and appreciate life. We should not despair and arrogant. Behave optimistic, because optimism can make us more meaningful, meaningful and have a purpose. Theme Theme of this short story is arrogant can change into optimistic after seeing someone so appreciate and interpret the meaning of her life than us.

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