scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 9,215
First half of Act One Summary It is after sunset and a make-shift homemade stage stands in the outdoor setting of Sorins provincial Russian estate and farm A lake serves as natural scenery behind the stage Workers including Yakov are banging nails into the stage behind a curtain Medvedenko and Masha enter this back lawn of Sorins property Medvedenko and Masha debate about what makes people happy in relation to finances Medvedenko believes hed be a happier man and a more attractive suitor to Masha if he had more money Masha is fixated on her love for Treplev and does not agree She thinks poverty would be fine if she could have Treplevs love Masha observes that Treplevs play will begin soon Medvedenko agrees and introduces to the audience the information that their neighbor Nina will star in the play Medvedenko compares Treplev and Ninas love which he predicts will soon be unified by artistic expression to the unconnected relationship between himself and Masha He does not know Masha loves Treplev Snorting snuff Masha openly acknowledges that she knows Medvedenko loves her but explains that she cannot love him back Though Chekhov does not break the play into official scenes the next conversation between Sorin and Treplev is for the most part a two-person scene as well Treplev is nervous and busy getting things ready for the first performance of his play Sorin tries to describe the strange feelings she has while living in the countryside including strange sleeping patterns Treplev scolds Masha and Medvedenko for being at the play before he is ready Sorin asks Masha to have her father tie up the dogs She refuses even though Sorin told her that their barking keeps his sister Arkadina awake all night Sorin complains about his old age and not being happy in the country He comments on his state of living because he has no other choice not because he enjoys life Treplev admires
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA