CHEKHOV'S THE MASTER Anton Chekhov is a master at showing aspects of real life; how fed up people are, how it really is without the everyday pleasantries, and how exploitable people are by one another. Chekhov uses these three aspects with great mastery to show his form of real life in his "Selected Stories." Chekhov shows how fed up people are with one another in his short story the "Jailer Jailed." This story is about a man, who is a prosecuting attorney, is actually living in his own jail; being married to his wife who lets him do nothing but wait on her hand and foot. "I understand what it means to be in jail!" This quote explains just how the man feels living his life the way he is. The above is a direct example in life as how fed up people are.
It just makes weird sense that a man with so much power with people doesn't have a prayer with his wife. "Milksop" is another one of Chekhov's stories showing how real life is, but this particular one depicts life without its pleasantries. This story is about a reporter who wants to be invited to this prestigious party but can't go because he works for the press. This shows real life without its pleasantries.
Because the man couldn't get into the party because he was a reporter, his public power failed him. "A Nincompoop" also shows real life as Chekhov sees it, but this particular one depicts how exploitable people are by one another. This story begins with a women's payday. But, to her surprise her employer starts to deduct for things she has broken and for other dumb reasons. When he gets all done all she is left with is eleven out of sixty rubles.
But she takes them gladly anyway. Then her employer asks if she thinks thi is fair, and she agrees. Then her employer says that she is stupid and gives her the rest of her money. This above plot shows how exploitable people are. To take sixty-nine rubles away from somebodies pay check for stupid reasons is definitely exploiting them.
Anton Chekhov's mastery involves showing real life; how fed up people are, how life really is without its benefits, and how exploitable people are by one another. He does a great job doing this and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to read "plain life" stories.