The Three Sisters | Critical Essay by Randall Jarrell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of The Three Sisters.
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Critical Essay by Randall Jarrell

SOURCE: "Chekhov and the Play," in The Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Randall Jarrell, The Macmillan Company, 1969, pp. 103-13.

In the excerpt below, Jarrell discusses the themes of Three Sisters.

In a sense The Three Sisters needs criticism less than almost any play I can think of. It is so marvelously organized, made, realized, that reading it or seeing it many times to be thoroughly acquainted with it is all one needs. In it Chekhov gives us a cluster of attitudes about values—happiness, marriage, work, duty, beauty, cultivation, the past, the present, the future—and shows us how these are meaningful or meaningless to people. Values are presented to us through opposed opinions, opposed lives; at different ages in life with different emotions; and finally, on different levels.

Take the ways, for instance, that marriage...

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