Three Sisters | Study Guide

Anton Chekhov

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Three Sisters | Characters

Character Description
Irina The youngest Prozorov sister, Irina's optimistic character becomes disillusioned over the course of the play. Read More
Masha The middle Prozorov sister, Masha is an artist who feels her talents are woefully unappreciated in their tiny village. Read More
Olga The eldest Prozorov sister, Olga is an overworked schoolteacher who lives as a spinster. Read More
Vershinin Vershinin, the "lovesick" colonel from Moscow, holds hope for a happy future in the world despite his depressing marriage. Read More
Natasha Natasha (Natalya Ivanovna) starts the play as a common village girl but ends up as headmistress of the Prozorov house through manipulation and usurpation of power. Read More
Tuzenbach Baron Tuzenbach is Irina's boring but kind fiancé. Read More
Chebutykin An army doctor and longtime Prozorov family friend, Chebutykin becomes a depressed alcoholic who believes life to be meaningless. Read More
Andrey The only son in the Prozorov family, Andrey disappoints his sisters by mortgaging their home to pay off his gambling debts.
Anfisa Anfisa is the ancient nurse who has served the Prozorov family for many years and who fears for her position when Natasha takes over the house.
Bobby Bobby, whose full name is Bobik, is Andrey and Natasha's older child.
Father An army captain, the father died a year before the play starts.
Fedotik Fedotik is a lieutenant in the army.
Ferapont Ferapont is an elderly man who works at the local council offices.
Kulygin Kulygin is Masha's boring husband; she doesn't love him, but he remains devoted to her throughout the play.
Mother Having died a few years before the events of the play, the audience knows little about the sisters' mother except that Chebutykin was in love with her.
Protopopov Never seen onstage, Protopopov is Natasha's lover and suggested to be the father of her second child.
Rode Rode is a lieutenant in the army and drill coach at the high school.
Solyoni Solyoni is a bitter army captain jealous of anyone who receives Irina's affections.
Sophia Sophia is Natasha's baby with questionable paternity.
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