The Drama of Anton Chekhov Analytical Essay by ASJenkins

The Drama of Anton Chekhov
Discusses comedic relief and off-stage action in the plays of Anton Chekhov.
# 45601 | 983 words | 0 sources | 2003 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2003 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


Often in his works, Anton Pavlevich Chekhov mixes comedic and tragic elements. The purpose of this is to not allow things to get too drab or life to appear to be too gloomy. He uses his characters as mediums for this comedic relief. Another one of Chekhov's trademarks is the use of off-stage events and actions. These events and actions may appear to be things that deserve the center of attention, but Chekhov purposely places them off-stage so as to draw attention to something else and pulls it off quite well. This paper analyzes several of Chekhov's plays, including, "Uncle Vanya," "The Cherry Orchard," and "Three Sisters" to show how he successfully makes use of comedy and off-stage action.

From the Paper:

"An example of this would be when there was a fire in Three Sisters. When Act Three is introduced, we learn that there was a fire from the narrative notes and from some of the dialogue, but the play is not in action while the fire is happening. The fire itself is not so important. What is important is how the characters react to it. The fire was merely a catalyst that set people off and made Act Three a hectic one. Natasha gets bossier towards servants, Chebutykin becomes a drunken mess and Irina becomes more frustrated and desperate to return to Moscow."

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

The Drama of Anton Chekhov (2003, November 13) Retrieved August 14, 2020, from

MLA Format

"The Drama of Anton Chekhov" 13 November 2003. Web. 14 August. 2020. <>