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Who is "The Bear" in the play by Anton Chekhov?

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riche444 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 29, 2008 at 12:22 AM via web

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Who is "The Bear" in the play by Anton Chekhov?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 30, 2008 at 8:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In "The Bear," the character Grigori Stapanovitch Smirnov is the bear.  He is the gentleman who visits Mrs. Popov seeking payment of her husband's debts.

There are different ways to interpret the title.  As a fan of Chekov, it is interesting to look at his work from different perspectives.

The Bear could be a reference to the man who barges in on the grieving widow.

The Bear could be a reference to the situation that Mrs. Popov finds herself in, being responsible for her husband's debts.

The Bear could be Mrs. Popov, who in a surprise move  challenges Mr. Smirnov to a duel.

Or, as is known with this story, Chekov is making a statement about love at first sight, which is what happens between the two main characters.  Love can be The Bear in this story. 


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pareeee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:17 AM (Answer #2)

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the bear is mr. smirnov , who came to povova's house  ,smirnov said to popova "he leave no way of escape for her from except to return her husband's money.popova calls to smirnov a boor a bear.

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nikamalindo | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM (Answer #3)

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how about the bruth in this story?


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