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I still can never figure out why The Cherry Orchard is hailed as his masterpiece and put in all the Drama anthologies to represent his work. To me Ivanov, The Sea Gull and Uncle Vanya are his great works. The Sea Gull however ranks on the top of my list as his best work. A tragic tale of the meaning of love and being an artist with comic tones and timeless characters. All of the emotions and situations are realistic to real life. The play is more personal and has more meaning than average Realism. The first time I saw The Sea Gull I fell in love with it so much I saw it the next day again. Its one of the rare four act plays that I can enjoy the whole performance and not be bored. Anyone who wants to see Chekhovs brilliance should read this play and the others I mentioned.

Inspired by a real-life incident of the death of a sea gull, this is hailed as the best written play by Chekov, The Sea Gull tells a poignant love story centered on literaray nonentity Konstantins tragic quest for a burgeoning actress Nina. Swirling around the country estate are characters who reflect Konstantins pain and suffering in their own harshly realistic ways. In this famed play, Chekov introduces a brand new form of literature as to emphasize characters other than plot. Instead of placing characters beneath a steady frame, Chekov lets his characters guide the subtle movement of the sad tale of devastated dreams and hopes. The dying sea gull symbolizes the emptiness of defeat and further stressing the beauty of life. The fullness of being simply alive comes beaming with power and touches life.

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