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Anton Chekhov

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three-sisters-anton-chekhovSources: American Literature,, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Masha, Act II ither you must know why you live, or everything is trivial, not worth a straw.NostalgiaThe sisters’ longing for the lives they had in Moscow makes them miserable.DissatisfactionThe characters are dissatisfied with their positions, marriages, or jobs.Experience, Emotion, & PerspectiveHuman emotions rather than dramatic action drive the plot.ThemesYoungest Prozorov sister; optimistic girl who becomes disillusionedIrinaOnly son in the Prozorov family; depressed gambler who disappoints his sistersAndreyMiddle Prozorov sister; unhappy artist who has an affairMashaEldest Prozorov sister; overworked and pragmatic schoolteacherOlgaMain CharactersOne of the greatest dramatists of his time, Chekhov was known for the searing honesty of his characters’ emotions. A prime example of Chekhovs work, the plot of Three Sisters is driven by character development rather than dramatic action, a style that influenced writers for generations to come.AuthorANTON CHEKHOV18601904Clocks remind the characters that time marches on, adding to their suffering.The sisters long to return to Moscow, the symbol of their unfulfilled dreams.The ornate and expensive gift represents the luxury of the sisters’ old lives.Bored with their quaint village life, the three Prozorov sisters long to return to Moscow. Time passes, and the sisters find themselves entangled in family and village conflicts. Their chances of returning home, and ever finding happiness, slowly slip away.Three Sisters Long for the PastSYMBOLSClocksMoscowSamovarRussianOriginal Language1901First PerformedAnton ChekhovAuthorThree SistersDramaPlay

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