Comparison of the Three Sisters and Antigone

1038 Words Jun 2nd, 2011 5 Pages
World Literature Paper 1
In the plays The Three Sisters by Anton Chekov and Antigone by Sophocles, dialogue plays a key role in the characterization of the protagonists, because dialogue can act as a form of indirect characterization. The Three Sisters is a play set in the early 1900s, and is about three sisters who try to lead meaningful lives which are surrounded by people constantly distracting them from the passage of time and their longing to return to their home country of Moscow. Antigone is a Greek tragedy written approximately two thousand years ago and is about family betrayal and honor and how the protagonist, Antigone, goes against King Kreon who is her uncle. Even though these plays were written in very different time
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When the sisters have dialogue amongst themselves they have more casual conversation which shows their personalities from a different angle. On page three all three of the sisters are talking but the dialogue mostly characterizes Olga when she says, “. . . I have grown old. I have grown very old. And thin-from being cross all of the time . . . with the girls at the gymnasium. Of whom I today am free. Thank God. And make me younger.” Even though she is only twenty eight she feels like the peak of her life has passed and she feels that she is too old. She also states that she has grown thin from being “cross” all the time, cross means mad, this is an example of indirect characterization because the character said it to her sisters. Therefore, varying aspects of the protagonists’ personalities in both of these plays is conveyed through dialogue between the protagonists and other characters in the plays. In the plays The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov and Antigone by Sophocles dialogue play a key role in characterization of the protagonists of the plays. Dialogue in these plays acts as a form of indirect characterization and despite the plays completely different time periods dialogue plays an imperative role in establishing the protagonists’ personalities.
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