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The Seagull | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Summer evening

    Treplyov presents his play and ends it abruptly.

    Act 1
  • The following afternoon

    Treplyov kills a seagull and presents it to Nina.

    Act 2
  • A day or more later

    Treplyov tries and fails to commit suicide; he plans to challenge Trigorin to a duel.

    Act 3
  • Later the same day

    Arkadina and Trigorin leave for Moscow; Nina leaves separately to become an actress.

    Act 3
  • Two years later

    Nina returns; she tells Treplyov of her tragic life and says she still loves Trigorin.

    Act 4
  • A short time later

    A shot is heard; Treplyov has killed himself.

    Act 4

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 Act 1 of The Seagull opens at the park of Sorin's estate, overlooking the lake at sunset. The lake can't be seen because... Read More
Act 2 Act 2 of The Seagull takes place at the croquet lawn near Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin's mansion near the lake. It is the fo... Read More
Act 3 Act 3 of The Seagull takes place in the dining room in Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin's house at lunch time. Masha says she is... Read More
Act 4 Two years later, a room in Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin's house has been turned into a study for Konstantin Gavrilovich Trep... Read More
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