The Seagull | Critical Essay by Carol Strongin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Seagull.
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Critical Essay by Carol Strongin

SOURCE: "Irony and Theatricality in Chekhov's The Sea Gull" in Comparative Drama, Vol. 15, No. 4, Winter 1981-82, pp. 366-80.

In this essay, Strongin contends that The Seagull parodies "the artificial and melodramatic conventions of so much of the theater of its day. "

The play's ending suggests melodrama: Nina, the innocent country girl seduced and abandoned by the worldly writer Trigorin, delivers an emotional speech about faith and endurance and bearing her cross before she runs out into the stormy autumn night. Treplev, the sensitive young man who loves her and has lost her as he has also failed in his attempt to become a great writer, tears up his manu-scripts, throws them under his desk, and leaves the stage. Now, as Treplev's mother, the actress Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina, and her companions enter and resume their game of lotto, the sound of...

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