Essay about Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' The Seagull '

1505 Words May 29th, 2015 7 Pages
It has been said that should the world of literature be purged of all works, save for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the realm of drama would be saved. While all the world’s theatres would remain merely functional, the 19th century Russian stage, in this case, would thrive. Anton Chekhov, a revered Russian playwright of the famous Moscow Art Theatre, would be the rightful king of Russian drama because Chekhov’s flagship masterpiece, The Seagull, is short of a direct transcription of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Russian. Chekhov’s characters: Treplev, Arkadina, and Trigorin epitomize the Danish Prince Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, and King Claudius both in speech and psyche. This equation is only satisfied with the likeness of thought between the two puppet masters. After all, like Shakespeare, Chekhov was a writer of convenience, born in the right place at the right time. Undoubtedly, similar philosophies render homologous symbols, motifs, and themes. The correlation between Hamlet and The Seagull lacks none of the prior devices. Both playwrights masterfully portray their respective takes on existentialist thought while also demonstrating visionary ideals for the stage. Although Hamlet and The Seagull sprouted apart through distance and time, the chain that ties the two together is strong.
Interestingly enough, both plays begin with a similar symbol: dark clothing. Furthermore, both instances seem to reflect an emotion of hopelessness and despair. In Act 1, Scene 2 of Hamlet, we catch this…

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