Uncle Vanya Characters

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Sofia Alexandrovna

Sonya is Serebryakov's daughter by his first marriage and Vanya's niece. Hard-working and plain in appearance, Sonya is twenty-four and has been in love with Astrov for six years. When Yelena offers to ask Astrov about his feelings for Sonya, she wavers, saying, "Uncertainty is better.... After all, there is hope—" Like the others, Sonya confesses to deep unhappiness but is more pragmatic. It is Sonya who holds the family together. When Vanya complains of how heavy his burdens are, she says: "What can we do, we must live!" The play closes with her soliloquy about the value of hard work in this lifetime and rest and beauty in the next.

Dr. Mikhail Lvovich Astrov

As Act I opens, Astrov, the village doctor, is lamenting that he's grown old and has not had a single day off in more than ten years. At times, Astrov appears to...

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