Chekhov’s gun is a dramatic principle that every memorable element in a fictional story must be necessary and irreplaceable, and any that are not should be removed. This statement was made by Anton Chekhov 1860-1904, he was a Russian playwrite and short story author.”If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there”

Flynn uses this to perfection  with Nicks spank bank deposits. First mentioned as what seems to be a brief throw away that Nick had to sign some papers to destroy his deposits, before the paper disapears. Amy uses this to ultimately “win” her battle with Nick by artificial insemination and check mate, Nick loses his only chance to beat Amy and rid himself of her forever. I did not like how the book ended but i must admit Flynn used this concept to perfection. I am sure most people who have read the book did not give this little bit of info a second thought, I know I did not until the end. So what have we learned? Flynn created an awesome be it very disturbed character, and also followed Chekhov’s advice. She fired her literary “gun” right into Amy’s womb creating the device to keep Nick right where he needs to be, next to her for the rest of their lives. Well done and well played 🙂

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