The Themes Of Dramaturgy In Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov

Born on the Black Sea port of Taganrog, Anton Chekhov, one of the finest Russian writers to have existed in the nineteenth century belonged to a poverty stricken family that extended to his grandparents with whom he spent his early childhood. Chekhov’s days were spent roaming in the countryside satisfying his curiosity about human love for nature. Later he assumed the role of a student of medicine and simultaneously became an author by publishing his writings in the newspapers and the periodicals of his age. His imagination dwelled heavily in the sketches of Russian life, the instrument of which were a wide range of characters that reflect a high degree of realism in their action. He had a deep sense for the ridiculous and his
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The selected work suggests the same and focuses on the cardinal experiences of provincial life. The structure of the play is typical of Chekhov’s dramaturgy. His characters often find themselves in situations that give the plot various sub plots. Especially in the play “Uncle Vanya” the use of internal monologues gives the dramaturgy a different stand altogether. With the help of this literary technique the characters give voice to their opinions and their take on the situations draws out the theme of the play. Apart from the use of a modern soliloquy which is more psychological in nature, the Russian writer also recognizes the need to connect his dialogue with his monologues. Since the character list in the play “Uncle Vanya” includes low born characters also, the play in its realistic approach to Russian life has more tragicomic influence. Tragicomedy helps him in describing the dual nature of human psychology and the modern appeal that tragedy and comedy can in fact exist together within the completion of the plot. The main approach of the Chekhovian dramaturgy is the lack of a protagonist which is represented in “Uncle Vanya”, the name of which may suggest the existence of one. Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky, who is also Uncle Vanya to Sonya Alexandrovna, daughter of retired Professor Alexandr Vladimirovich Serebryakoff attempts to kill himself after failing at …show more content…
It can be derived from this lengthy discourse on Chekhov’s use of monologue to enhance the theme of his work through his characters with the help of internal monologues. Moreover, the development of the play owes most of its originality to the playwright’s previously written play “The wood demon” which is an example of the employment of mature psychology over dramaturgy. Chekhov showcases that he has moved onto knowledge from ignorance by accepting the tragicomic situations “Uncle Vanya” to be a mirror image of the cardinal experience of common Russian folk. The two drafts are compared here only to trace a “Chekhovian dramaturgy” and not for understanding merely the plot which is without argument also a well recognized part of his playwriting. Work Cited
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, Eugene K. Bristow. Anton Chekhov’s Plays; , Backgrounds Criticism. New York: Norton, 1977. Print.
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