Chekhov's Use Of Symbolism In The Seagull

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Anton Chekhov adopted a number of fundamental techniques in The Seagull that as a combination allow for the creation of a truthful representation of life as it is, and thus provides a depiction of life as it ought to be.

The doctor and dramatist, Chekhov was born in Russia on the twenty-ninth of January in 1860. His work can be distinguished by its objective stance, its employment and representation of the human emotions, and yet it’s contrasting scientific exploration of these emotions of the continuously evolving lives of the Russian people. Chekhov’s work is most noted for its significant rejection of melodrama and its preference of a more neutral direction. In essence, Chekhov maintained that theatre should portray life as it is: the simplicity
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This technique allows for the text of the play to be a real representation of daily life, while the actors are used as a means of implying a subtext of the character’s motives and thoughts Furthermore, the presence of a subtext provided Chekhov with the opportunity to portray his character’s external lives that is displayed to the public and their more personal and internal live, which suggests the characters as having a double life This adoption of the subtext technique marks that foundation for Chekhov’s success in creating a mirrored image of the reality of life as a separation is produced between the subtext and the actually text itself, and the personal and public lives of the …show more content…
A messenger technique takes place when two characters converse about another character, and in that way provide the audience with this critical extended information. Together with the disguised soliloquy, the messenger technique helps to enhance the audience’s overall response and appreciation of the play

The final of the critical techniques employed by Chekhov in The Seagull is his use of indirect action. In contrast to the more traditional plays that make use of direct action, The Seagull makes use of an indirect action, where important events of the play do not occur onstage, such as the affair between Trigoirn and Nina or Konstantin’s attempted suicide. This indirect action allows for a central focus on the character’s reaction of the play’s action as opposed to the action itself, which is essentially what realism was about for Chekhov

Through a combination of these techniques in The Seagull, Chekhov was able to push the boundaries of the theatre world as well as the evolving realism movement, by creating an accurate portrayal of the reality of life, while at the same instant suggesting that this portrayal is how life ought to

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