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Uncle Vanya (Russian: Дядя Ваня – Dyadya Vanya) by: Anton C
Transcript of Uncle Vanya (Russian: Дядя Ваня – Dyadya Vanya) by: Anton C
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian physician and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress." Chekhov renounced the theater after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896
Uncle Vanya (Russian: Дядя Ваня – Dyadya Vanya) by: Anton Chekhov
During the 1890s, Russia's industrial development led to a large increase in the size of the urban class and the working class, which gave rise to a more dynamic political atmosphere and the development of radical parties. During the 1890s and early 1900s , abysmal living and working conditions, high taxes, and land hunger gave rise to more frequent strikes.
Helena Andreyevna Serebryakova (Yelena) - Professor Serebryakov's young and beautiful second wife. She is 27 years old. Upper Middle class. Not very proper but conforms social norms.
Sofia Alexandrovna Serebryakova (Sonya)- Professor Serebryakov's daughter from his first marriage. She is of a marriageable age but is considered plain. Loves the Doctor. Upper middle class.
Ivan Petrovitch Voynitsky ("Uncle Vanya") - Maria's son and Sonya's uncle, the title character of the play. He is 47 years old. He is considered old. He has lost passion for many things he used to do. Upper middle class. Grumpy old man.
The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor's late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local Doctor, both fall under Yelena's spell. Sonya, the Professor's daughter by his first wife, who has worked with Vanya to keep the estate going, meanwhile suffers from the awareness of her own lack of beauty and from her unreturned feelings for Dr. Astrov. Matters are brought to a crisis when the Professor announces his intention to sell the estate, Vanya and Sonya's home, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.