A Problem by Anton Chekhov
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... Problem: the Character of Sasha.
Anton Chekhov’s short story, A Problem, revolves round the Uskov family conclave concerning the problem of a forged promissory note cashed by Sasha Uskov, a young man of twenty-five. The three uncles of the protagonist, Sasha, debate the measures that can be taken to salvage the situation, and “save the family honour” (Chekhohv, 1). Chekhov’s centers his story, and the denouement of the plot, round the character of Sasha Uskov. Sasha is depicted as an immature, dissolute youth. The story’s depiction of the relationships and interactions between the uncles and Sasha demonstrates an unbridgeable gap between the two generations, and further emphasizes Sasha’s moral ban...