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THETR 266:

The Seagull:

Homework Questions

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Instructions:

Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)


Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on both sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.


Include the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.


Be sure to answer all parts of a question!


Questions:

1)     Several styles of theatre were evolving and overlapping during the time The Seagull was written and are a part of this play. What style is The Seagull itself written in? Discuss why this is so with specific examples.


2)     How do Masha and Nina differ in their approaches to their lives? Which of them grows to exemplify some of the characteristics of a more independent woman ("The New Woman") and why? Does this personal growth relate to characters in any of the other plays we have studied?


3)     What symbolic associations does Chekhov make with the actual seagull in the play? Do different characters make different symbolic associations? Trace the development of that symbol.