Read Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal.
- Identify yonder object o'Chekhov’s satire in this play. Support yer interpretation wi' a specific reference t' text.
- Why do ye think Chekhov included thar character t'Chubukov in ye play? Wha' functioin does he ser'e?
Form an' Style
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.