- Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekov, one of the greatest Russian masters of the short story, came from a poor family and helped support his family by writing humorous sketches. The stories and plays that he later wrote highlight the conflicts that go on continuously inside us and the tragi-comic aspects of everyday life. A man with a keen social conscience, Chekhov actively involved himself in famine and epidemic relief work, was a volunteer census taker.
ABSTRACT OF THE STORY:
In this story, the author had described about the drastic changes in human mind because of sudden riches. In this story Ivan dmitritch, a middle class man lives with his wife Masha happily. One day Masha buys a lottery ticket and asks her husband to see the results of the draw. Her series 9499was present in the newspaper. However, Ivan refuses to see the winning number. Since he want to dream about his rich life forth coming by his winning the lottery ticket which would fetch him a greater amount. He dreams about winning seventy five thousand bewildered them. That is not money to them, but a capital to them. Author here explains beautifully about the thinking of both the husband as well as the wife.
Both of them were thinking about them and felt hatred of the other. Masha plans to go abroad and Ivan dreams to buy a summer villa, which would fetch him, a permanent income. He also dreamt of finishing his debts. He also thinks of second marriage, which he later thinks to be meaningless. Ivan here denotes his relatives as reptiles who would surround him after his richness. At last, they take the newspaper to see the winning number. Alas, the winning number was not their number the number is 46 whereas their number is 26. At once hatred disappeared and they returned to the present life.
The author had written his story effectively and very lively. I was too bewildered first knowing their winning chance. The story was a very nice and interesting one. The author had brought their feelings lively in his writing. Lottery Ticket is one of the masterpieces of Chekhov.