Symbols in The Lady with the Pet Dog
Symbols Examples in The Lady with the Pet Dog:
"for the first time in his life...." See in text (Part IV)
Chekhov uses the looking-glass to symbolize Gurov's self-awareness. While he literally sees himself as an older man, symbolically Gurov finally sees who he truly is and what his relationship with Anna really represents: that he has fallen in love for the first time and is able to love her completely.