Love in "The Brute" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Love in "The Brute"
An analysis of the theme of love in Anton Chekhov's "The Brute".
# 61847 | 815 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2005 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis)

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The paper explains that "The Brute" is about two individuals that have sworn against love only to find them in a passionate kiss at the end. This one-act play is an excellent example of a melodrama operating on the theme that love has a mind and a will of its own and truly does change people. It shows how the characters' dialogue and actions prove that love can blossom in the strangest circumstances. The writer discusses how, through humor, Chekhov demonstrates that love is a force that knows no reason.

From the Paper:

"The humor and melodrama in this play revolve solely around the characters' dialogue. In the beginning of the play, Mrs. Popov and Luka carry on a rather civil conversation. For example, Mrs. Popov tells Luka, "My life is done. He is in the grave. I have buried myself alive in this house" (Chekhov 1096). She also declares that her life has been "an empty dream" (1097) and even declares, while looking at a picture of her dead husband, "Till death do us part" (1097). She is even civil to Smirnov when he first appears, telling him that he will "receive you're money the day after tomorrow" (1098). Similarly, Smirnov speaks to Mrs. Popov in a civilized manner. While the characters treat each other with a certain amount of respect, we already have a sense of the melodrama that is taking place. This technique is successful because we are engaged with the play and curious as to how it will end."

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