Day 2

The Seagull Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Treplev stop the performance?

    He believes that is mother is mocking him, which upsets him deeply. He wants his thoughts and ideas to be taken seriously, and Arkadina, he believes, is keeping everyone from taking him seriously. He has a grand vision of the significance of his play, and he's seeing it mocked and dismissed. He can't stand feeling that way.

  2. 2

    Why did Arkadina behave the way she did? What does Sorin think she should have done, and why?

    Arkadina was annoyed with her son's pretentiousness. She thought she could treat the play lightly, as a joke, and she's surprised and frustrated by Treplev's dramatic response. Sorin believes that she should have...

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