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In Anton Checkhov's play "The Marriage Proposal,"  what is the point-of-view?   

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Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM via web

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In Anton Checkhov's play "The Marriage Proposal,"  what is the point-of-view?

 

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Anton Checkhov's play "The Marriage Proposal" does not have a point-of-view (as seen in novels and short stories). Novels and short stories are told from a perspective (that of the speaker (first person), an all-knowing narrator (third person omniscient) or a narrator who knows much about the protagonist but little about other characters (third person limited)). Plays work very differently, under most circumstances.

In some circumstances, a play may be narrated while actors act out the action. The actors would be mostly silent given the narrator tells the audience everything that they need to know. Another way this may work is that the narrator, still telling their story, allows some dialogue which acts in the function of flashbacks.

Checkhov's play, "The Marriage Proposal," is typical of a play. It does not only provide the point of view of any one particular character. Instead, all characters are relevant and speak as to what is happening. Therefore, the play is a multiple narrative given many people tell the story.

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