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THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

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Transcript of THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
A Marriage Proposal is a one-act farce by Anton Chekhov, written in 1888-1889 and first performed in 1890. It is a fast-paced play of dialogue-based action and situational humor.

The Proposal was successful in its first runs in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and quickly became popular in small towns across Russia.

Tsar Alexander III liked the play when he had it performed for him. Chekhov himself thought farces were not really worth much as literature; before its success, he called The Proposal a "wretched, boring, vulgar little skit."He advised its director, Leontiev, to "roll cigarettes out of it for all I care."

The play is set in rural countryside of Russia during the late 1800s.
BIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR
Chekhov is one of Russia's many important literary figures, and one of the greatest playwrights of modern times.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Tanarog, Russia, near the Sea of Azov, on January 17, 1860.

He won the Pushkin Prize and is known for his short stories and plays, often combining elements of both comedy and tragedy.

Medicine was his lawful wife and literature was his mistress

SUMMARY
The play is set in rural countryside of Russia during the late 1800s. When Ivan arrives at the home of the Chubukov family, the elderly Stepan assumes that the well-dressed young man has come to borrow money. Instead, Stepan is pleased when Ivan asks for his daughter's hand in marriage.

Everything is going well when Natalya first enters the room. He touches upon his past he mentions his family's ownership of the Oxen Meadows and there started the disagreement debate. Natalya's father joins the battle, siding with his daughter, and angrily demanding that Ivan leave at once.

But once Ivan gets back, she tries to bend the subject to romance, they now begin arguing with their dogs.

Fortunately, Ivan breaks out of his fainting spell and regains his sense enough for him to propose to Natalya. She accepts, but before the curtain falls, they return to their old argument regarding who owns the better dog.
CHARACTERS
IVAN VASSILEVITCH LOMOV
A heavy-set man in his mid-thirties, prone to anxiety, stubbornness, and hypochondria.

STEPAN STEPHANOVITCH CHUBUKOV
A man in his early seventies, he gladly grants permission to Ivan, but soon calls off the engagement once an argument over property ensues

NATALYA STEPANOVNA
A jovial and welcoming woman, yet stubborn, proud and possessive

LITERARY DEVICES
LITERARY DEVICES
ANTON CHEKHOV
SYMBOLISM
Oxen Meadows
Otkatai and Ugadin
symbolizes POWER
symbolizes the class and
pedigree of the owner
Proposal
symbolizes Social Networking
and Financial Merging
Anton Chekhov's "The Proposal" is usually classified as a farce, rather than satire, because it is a short work that focuses on a single idea in a limited way with comical stereotypes.

These elements of exaggeration and absurdity set the tone of ridicule by Chekhov in depicting the pettiness of Russian landowners who place the consideration of property and personal pride over love and marriage.


THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL:
THE ADAPTATION
CHARACTER NOTES
STEPHANIE SY
a middle aged businesswoman; half-Chinese and half-Filipino; married to Mr. Sy who owns first-class restaurants

NATALIE SY
daughter of Stephanie; 27 years old; witty and acts like a brat; has good looks and outgoing personality but always over thinks things.

IVAN MCQUEEN
a family friend; 35 years old; bachelor-like man who is always health-conscious; owns chains of hotels and restaurants.
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