Uncle Vanya Literary Elements

Uncle Vanya Literary Elements

Genre

A dramatic play

Language

Russian

Setting and Context

The scene is laid in Russia, at the end of the 19th century.

Narrator and Point of View

This play consists of four acts about the rural life. As it is a play, it has many dialogues between characters. The descriptions of characters and places of their inhabitation are recounted by a third person.

Tone and Mood

This play consists of four acts about the rural life. As it is a play, it has many dialogues between characters. The descriptions of characters and places of their inhabitation are recounted by a third person.

Protagonist and Antagonist

The main protagonist is uncle Vanya. The main antagonist is Serebrakoff. Vanya gives himself to Serebrakoff’s work and helps him. But Serebrakoff’s proves to be ungifted and deceitful person.

Major Conflict

The major conflict is between the nature and humankind. People are unable to protect the flora and fauna. They destroy everything for the sake of the weal.

Climax

Chronologically, the climax happens at the end of the play. Wicked and hapless Ivan doesn’t keep himself in hand and shoots Serebrakoff.

Foreshadowing

At the beginning of the play, the author informs that Vanja is envious of Serebrakoff’s success. And here Chekhov foreshadows the reader about the animosity between these two characters. The envy is a bad feeling.

Understatement

N/A

Allusions

The author alludes to Don Juan, when he compares him with the character. Don Juan is a famous Spanish libertine and one who breaks the law.

Imagery

When describing a lace of events - Serebracoff’s country place, the author is generous on pleasant description, it is a place that provides an image of peace and ease.

Paradox

N/A

Parallelism

The parallelism happens when Voitski discusses Helena’s returning to professor. He says that the fidelity is false. It sounds well, but there is no logic in it.

Personification

The nature is personified in the text. The author affirms that it is a force, which helps people. It provides with the necessities of life and resources such as water, coal, fuel and wood. The nature always protects people and gives them opportunity to build the good future for their children.

Use of Dramatic Devices

After the conversation with Sonia, Helena is lost in thought. The love between Astroff and Sonia doesn’t leave Helena in peace, because she also loves Astroff. But as she says to herself “there is no greater sorrow than to know another's secret when you cannot help them”. She respects Sonia and that’s why she tries to protect her from this pain and the eternal triangle. She fears that she can hurt Sonia’s heart and feelings.

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