class 6 notes - 22:03 The Seagull – a drama in 4 acts...

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Unformatted text preview: 22:03 The Seagull – a drama in 4 acts Nina is in love with Trigorin. Masha is in love with Konstantin. Trigorin is shown a seagull at the end of the play and he does not remember it. Nina keeps referring to herself as the actress. 19 th Century Contexts Advent of modernity Explosive scientific, technological, and organizational growth Movement away from cottage industry with Industrial Revolution and growth of Global Capitalism; movement from rural to urban Loss of cultural continuity and self-conception of being modern Individualism over communalism Rise of scientific positivism, philosophical materialism, psychology, and professionalism Themes Alienation (individualism): “Either by the gun or by the sword, we all die the same way” Dramatic irony Subtext increases in popularity Realist Dramatists Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian The Seagull (1896, 1898) Chekhov himself referred to the play as a comedy – “We will survive” – dark humor, play...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course THEA 104 taught by Professor Tague during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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class 6 notes - 22:03 The Seagull – a drama in 4 acts...

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