The Seagull

Topics: Love, Constantin Stanislavski, Meaning of life / Pages: 74 (18395 words) / Published: Nov 2nd, 2012
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The Seagull, Anton Chekhov
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Key Facts full title · The Seagull author · Anton Chekhov type of work · Play genre · Tragi-Comedy language · Russian. English Translation by Paul Schmidt time and place written · Written in 1895, Russia date of first publication · Not applicable (drama) publisher · HarperCollins, Harper Flamingo edition narrator · None point of view · Not applicable (drama) tone · Absurd; Existential tense · Not applicable (drama) settings (times) · Around 1895, summer; Then, two years later setting (place) · Sorin's estate and farm protagonists · Konstantin Treplev; Irina Arkadina; Nina; Boris Trigorin major conflict · Konstantin Treplev longs for success at writing and to gain recognition of his talents from his mother, a famous stage actress, Irina Arkadina and her lover, a famous writer, Boris Trigorin; Neither Arkadina nor Trigorin see any merit in Konstantin's abilities; Trigorin does nothing to advise Konstantin and Arkadina only gets in his way with her competitive spirit and condescending attitude about his goals to create new forms in the theater and in writing; Trigorin has an affair with the young girl Konstantin loves, Nina, a hopeful actress, breaking Arkadina and Konstantin's hearts. rising actions · Nina gives Trigorin a parting gift of a medallion inscribed with reference to a line from one of his books; Trigorin asks Arkadina for permission to have an affair with Nina. Arkadina begs Trigorin to remain faithful; Trigorin agrees to stay with Arkadina; Nina decides to move to Moscow to become an actress and to be near Trigorin. climax · Trigorin and Nina kiss and promise to meet each other in Moscow. falling action · In Act Four Nina and Trigorin have an affair. Nina has Trigorin's baby, it dies, and he leaves her for Arkadina who he continued to be involved with during his relationship with Nina. themes · The role of

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