Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" Book Review

Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"
Looks at the protagonist Konstantin's dangerous infatuation with his mother in Anton Chekhov's play "The Seagull".
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Published on Feb 15, 2010 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis)

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This paper begins its analysis of Anton Checkhov's play, "The Seagull", with a look at the character Konstantin's general fixation with his mother as he envisions himself as a rival of Trigorin, his mother's lover. The paper then investigates the rivalry between Konstantin's mother and his girlfriend Nina, which is at least partially generated by Konstantin himself, and explains how the many similarities between Arkadina and Nina guarantee that Konstantin will never find satisfaction with either of them. The paper concludes that, even when Konstantin kills himself, he does not want to disturb his mother. His final thoughts are fixated on her.

From the Paper:

"The tension between her and her son has already been clear, from her very first appearance--when she throws down a sort of gauntlet at him by quoting from arguably the most Oedipal scene in Hamlet, when Hamlet accosts his mother in her bedroom and reproaches her for her "incestuous" relationship with his uncle Claudius. Konstantin replies with defiance, giving not a direct quote but a paraphrase as a rebuttal. It's easy enough to recast this scene--with Arkadina as Gertrude, Trigorin as Claudius, and of course Konstantin as Hamlet."

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