Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Marriage Proposal

For my personal learning outcomes, I just read A Marriage Proposal, by Anton Chekhov, a one-act farce that was first performed in 1890.  It was a light and humorous play about a man, Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov, who goes to see his neighbor to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage.  The father, Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov, is at first very delighted that Lomov wants to marry his daughter and calls her in and leaves them together.  Natalia, the daughter and Lomov immediately get into an argument about a piece of land they both claim to own and he becomes ill and is sent away.  When Natalia hears that he had come to propose they have him come back only to start arguing again.  
The cycle of coming together and arguing happens again but the play ends with the three breaking out some champagne.  
Chekhov demonstrates how absurd and even silly it is for a man and a woman to display their stubbornness, pride and self-love.  
This is fast, humorous and a little exaggerated and all you can say is 

"and this is just the proposal?"

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