Discuss the theme of youth versus old age, including specific examples of its occurrence in the play.
Explain in detail how Natalya's fickleness regarding Bolshintsov and Vera affects the course of events.
Compare and contrast Natalya's thoughts about Beliayev in Act 1 with her thoughts about him in Act 5. How has her perception of him changed?
Describe how Turgenev uses minor characters for comic relief in the play.
Compare and contrast Shpigelski's behavior around his patients, particularly the wealthy patients such as Natalya, with his perception of himself, as stated to Liza in Act 4.
Discuss the role of foreshadowing in the play, using specific examples from the text.
Explain the role of soliloquy in the play and how it affects readers' knowledge of events.
How are characters' alliances formed and broken during the play? Who normally allies with whom? How do unusual pairings affect events? Explain, defending your position...
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