The Seagull By Anton Chekhov

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Throughout the plot of action in the play, The Seagull, Anton Chekhov illustrates various examples of human disappointment through the interactions of the characters. Whether human disappointment is presented in the form of one sided love or the a life with no meaning, Chekhov presents to his readers a world where joy and happiness are values that are no where to be seen. Therefore, feelings of disappointment and despair seem to dominate the lives of the characters. The first example where Chekhov addresses human disappointment is through Masha’s hopeless view of life. Masha’s negative perception of life is exemplified by the fact that she always wears black. She claims to wear black because, “I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy,” (105). Not only does this quote set the gloomy tone for the rest of the play, but it also unveils the first of examples of problematic love triangles: Masha loves Treplev, but Treplev loves Nina. Masha’s disappointment is also manifested by her constant drinking, acts meant to drown her reality away. Her misery eventually propels to the point where she reluctantly agrees to marry Medvedenko in order to distract herself from her obsession over Treplev. However, her marriage and even bearing of children does not seem to have any effect on her as she continues living infatuated with Treplev.
Talking about Medvedenko, this character, like Masha, immediately expresses his dissatisfaction with his life. A man of poor financial standing,
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