Chekhov's Development as a Dramatist Term Paper

Chekhov's Development as a Dramatist
An analysis of Anton Chekhov's development as a dramatist from his first work, "Platanov", to a work of his more mature years, "Uncle Vanya".
# 154032 | 4,227 words | 13 sources | 2014 | CA
Published by on Oct 17, 2014 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (Russian)

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"This paper traces the development of Anton Chekhov as a dramatist from his first play, Platonov, which he began writing when he was 18 years old (but was published and performed only after his death), to Uncle Vanya, a play written when he was in his mid-30s. After presenting some background material about the writing, production, and reception of the two plays, the paper examines the development of themes, style, structure and form, and use of dramatic devices as reflected in the difference between the two plays. With regard to theme, the paper focuses on the development of Chekhov's treatment of work and how this theme features in the two plays. With regard to style, it is noted that Chekhov progressed from melodrama to tragicomedy. In terms of structure and form, the paper notes that Chekhov discovered the virtue of compactness and simplicity, and that he abandoned the hero-villain dichotomy and the moralizing that accompanied it. It was in the area of dramatic devices that Chekhov had his greatest development and made his greatest contributing, inventing, as he developed, devices such as fragmented dialogue, the modified soliloquy, off-stage action, and the Chekovian pause. Throughout the analysis, the paper points to the roots of Chekhov's later development in his early work. It concludes with the observation that Chekhov evolved into the dramatist of his later plays by learning from his early mistakes, but Platanov contains the seeds of the genius that emerged as he matured."

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