What Is "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov About?


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The “Lottery Ticket” is a short story by Anton Chekhov about a man named Ivan and his wife who fantasize about winning the lottery. They both think about the good and bad implications before they realize that they have a losing ticket.

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Ivan Dmitritch and his wife realize that they have the first four numbers of a lottery ticket that would make them wealthy; there are two digits left on the ticket that determine if they won or not. Instead of looking at the ticket right away, Ivan decides to wait and fantasize about what it would be like if they actually won. At first, Ivan and his wife are excited about the idea, imagining how they would spend all the money. This is exciting to them until then they think about their relatives and how they would react to the news. They imagine that their family would never talk to them without asking for a handout and how even his friends might turn on him. Ivan and his wife imagine how it might change their own relationship for the worse. Finally, they look at the final numbers on the ticket and realize that the ticket was not a winner.

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