Fiction: Sample Writing: Audio Annotations

In the following essay, student writer Steven Matview explores the role of setting in Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog.” His essay could well have been written in response to the second of the “Suggestions for Writing” in this chapter. Read the essay responsively and critically, taking time to consider the details Steven chooses to highlight and the way he interprets them. Does he manage to build a convincing and thorough argument about the role of setting in “The Lady with the Dog”? What other details from the story might deserve a place in this argument? In particular, notice how Steven concentrates on temporal setting (the seasons) while commenting only briefly on spatial setting and on the interconnections between time and space in the story. If Steven were your classmate, what three things would you suggest he most needs to do in order to improve the essay in revision?

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