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A Marriage Proposal

Read Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal.


  1. Identify yonder object o'Chekhov’s satire in this play. Support yer interpretation wi' a specific reference t' text.
  2. Why do ye think Chekhov included thar character t'Chubukov in ye play? Wha' functioin does he ser'e?

Form an' Style

  1. Thar play has a strong emotional tone. Explain how both thar structure o't' play an' t'punctuation o'yonder text contribute t' emotional tone. Cite specific examples t'support yer answer.
  2. Melodrama be defined s “a dramatic work that exaggerates plot an' characters in order t'appeal t'har emotions.” Comment on how Chekhov uses melodramatic techniques t'create humor in this piece.

Explorin' Content

  1. Wha' information about life in Czarist Russia do we learn from this script? Explain how this information creates thar context o'ye drama in ye play.

Creati'e Extension

  1. Choose a segment o't' play an' rewrite it in a narrati'e (short story) form. Be prepared t'discuss changes ye needed t'make t'ranspose 'un form t'another.
  2. Prepare a readers’ theatre presentation o'a portion o't' script. Focus on capturin' thar emotional tension created through t'dialogue. Record yer presentation (audio or video) an' share it.
  3. Read Chekhov’s monologue On thar Harmful Effects o'Tobacco. Usin' this monologue as a model, write a script fer a monologue gi'en by 'un o't' characters from A Marriage Proposal: Chubukov on ye dangers o'domestic champagne, Natalya on ye dangers faced by women at har'est, or Lomov on ye dangers o'modern fabrics … an' so on an' so forth an' all that.