Three Sisters – A Play by Anton Chekhov
1. Three Sisters – Anton Chekhov
Three Sisters is a play written by Anton Chekhov. It was first published in 1901 and was later translated into English by Constance Garnett. The play is set in the fictional town of Prozorov, Russia and follows the lives of the three Prozorov sisters – Olga, Masha, and Irina – who live in an Army regiment town with their brother Andrey.
The play begins with the sisters reminiscing about their life in Moscow and how they miss the city. Olga is a schoolteacher, Masha is married to a military officer, and Irina works in the town's telegraph office. Andrey is married to Natasha, a woman who is not liked by the sisters. The arrival of Colonel Vershinin, a new commander of the regiment, brings some excitement to the town.
Vershinin is married but his wife is living in Moscow with their children. He begins to develop a relationship with Olga and this causes problems between Andrey and Natasha. Masha starts an affair with Lieutenant Colonel Kulygin, another new arrival to the town.
Irina becomes engaged to Baron Tuzenbach, a young man from a wealthy family who has been assigned to work with her at the telegraph office. Andrey is promoted and he and Natasha move to Moscow. The sisters are again left alone in the small town.
The play culminates with the death of Baron Tuzenbach at the hands of Sergei Prozorov, Irina's fiancee. This leads to a series of events that sees Masha leaving Kulygin, Andrey being demoted, Natasha leaving Andrey, and Olga breaking off her relationship with Vershinin. The play ends with the sisters still living in the small town and dreaming of returning to Moscow.
2. Philosophical thoughts in the play
Three Sisters contains a number of philosophical thoughts that appeal to not all the readers. Some of these thoughts are:
– The idea that life is meaningless without love
– The idea that life is full of sufferings
– The idea that we should not strive for material things
– The idea that we should find our own way in life
– The idea that we should be true to ourselves
– The idea that art can save us from loneliness
– The idea that love can make us blind
– The idea that life is unpredictable
– The idea that death is inevitable
– The idea that time heals all wounds
– The idea that we should live for today and not worry about tomorrow
– The idea that life is what we make it
– The idea that happiness is an inside job
– The idea that our actions have consequences
– The idea that we should accept people as they are
These philosophical thoughts make the play interesting for analysis but they can also be seen as ridiculous plot points.
3. Funny moments in the play
Three Sisters also contains a number of funny moments. Some of these funny moments are:
– Olga trying to teach her students about love
– Masha telling Kulygin that she is not interested in him
– Andrey and Natasha arguing about Natasha's bad cooking
– Irina telling Tuzenbach that she does not want to marry him
– The sisters making fun of Andrey's new promotion
– Natasha telling Andrey that she is pregnant
– Olga and Vershinin talking about their age difference
– The sisters trying to get rid of Natasha
– Andrey and Natasha's baby being born
– The sisters dreaming of going back to Moscow
These funny moments add some light relief to the play but they can also be seen as ridiculous plot points.
4. Ridiculous plot points in the play
There are a number of ridiculous plot points in Three Sisters. Some of these plot points are:
– Andrey and Natasha's marriage
– Masha starting an affair with Kulygin
– Irina becoming engaged to Tuzenbach
– Andrey being promoted and moving to Moscow
– Baron Tuzenbach's death
– Masha leaving Kulygin
– Andrey being demoted
– Natasha leaving Andrey
– Olga breaking off her relationship with Vershinin
These plot points are ridicules because they are not believable. They are also ridiculous because they add to the confusion of the play.
5. Irina and Kulygin
Irina is a character in Three Sisters who is not very interesting. She is engaged to Baron Tuzenbach, a young man from a wealthy family, but she does not love him. She is also in love with Lieutenant Colonel Kulygin, a married man.
Kulygin is a character who is also not very interesting. He is married to Masha but he has an affair with Irina. He is also somewhat confused about his feelings for Masha and Irina.
Vershinin is a character in Three Sisters who is more interesting than Irina and Kulygin. He is married but his wife is living in Moscow with their children. He begins to develop a relationship with Olga and this causes problems between Andrey and Natasha.
Vershinin is an interesting character because he is torn between his love for Olga and his duty to his wife and children. He is also a complex character who is difficult to understand.
Three Sisters is a play that contains a number of interesting characters and plot points. However, some of these plot points are ridiculous and add to the confusion of the play.