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The Bear

One of the themes of "The Bear" is how human beings are so often enslaved by their emotions. Both Smirnov and Popova delude themselves into thinking that they can control their emotions, yet it's...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 9:28 am UTC

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The Bear

The play shows the error of adhering in an exaggerated and pretentious way to social conventions that hamper living. When Elena Popova's husband dies, she decides to take on the nineteenth-century,...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 2:02 pm UTC

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The Bear

In Anton Chekov's play, "The Bear" (also known as "The Bear: A Joke in One Act), Luka is present to provide a characterization of Popova and to accentuate the comic elements of the play. At the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 3:35 pm UTC

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The Bear

Much of the humor and irony in "The Bear" comes from how the characters appear to be so enslaved by their emotions despite their loud protestations to the contrary. Both Smirnov and Popova delude...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 7:51 am UTC

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The Bear

In many respects, Popova and Smirnov are like two peas in a pod. For one thing, they come from the same social background. Both hailing from the landowning upper-classes, they are imbued with a...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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The Bear

The title The Bear comes straight from the play as a reference to Smirnov by Popova. Popova claimed that Smirnov was a crude man who did not know how to treat women. POPOVA. You don't know how to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 2:34 pm UTC

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The Bear

One of the major techniques used in Chekhov's The Bear is that it is a farce, meaning it is a play with comedy. It combines many different kinds of humor, which makes the play interesting. As a...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2016 2:04 pm UTC

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The Bear

Popova is a widow who, in an attempt to remain faithful to her late husband's memory, has locked herself in her house for seven months and plans to continue to do so indefinitely. Her melancholy is...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 12:59 am UTC

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The Bear

In Anton Chekov's play, "The Bear," Popova calls Smirnov a "bear" because he has accused her of being insincere—he has a poor opinion of women in general, but he regards her as a beautiful woman...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 2:47 pm UTC

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The Bear

Although we do not know much about Smirnov’s past, it is clear that he has been hurt in the past. He refers to women as insensitive and says they cannot love. Smirnov has trouble interacting with...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 3:14 am UTC

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The Bear

In Anton Chekov's play, "The Bear," Toby is a horse. Toby is significant because he symbolizes all of the most wonderful memories Elena Ivanovna Popova has for her not-so-excellent dead husband. It...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 2:29 pm UTC

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The Bear

Judging from their actions and words, Mrs. Popov and Smirnov are characters of impetuous emotion. When, for example, Mrs. Popov's husband dies, she rashly decides to spend the rest of her life...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013 5:26 am UTC

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The Bear

Irony is a literary technique where a statement is used to communicate the opposite of its meaning usually for emphatic or humorous effect. The term also refers to situations where results or...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 1:31 pm UTC

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The Bear

In Chekov's play, The Bear, the stage direction notes that Smirnov is jabbering (talking endlessly on) and Popova is trying to get his attention by repeating "Bear! Bear! Bear!. And though that may...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 7:25 am UTC

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The Bear

After Popova insults Smirnov, Smirnov challenges her to duel, saying that "if you want equality of rights you can have it. We’re going to fight it out!" Popova agrees and screams for her servant to...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

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The Bear

As it states in its title, Anton Chekov's The Bear is a "Farce in One-Act." Critics tend to view farces as comedy for the masses and generally inferior to other comedy genres, such as satire and...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

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The Bear

As the play starts, we see Popova mourning for her husband and her servant, Luka, trying to tell her to move on as he has been dead for 7 months. As part of his entreaties, he tells her: You're...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 7:05 pm UTC

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The Bear

In The Bear, Elena Popova's prolonged display of grief appears largely motivated by pride and indignation. As we find out, she actually holds severe grievances against her husband's treatment of...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019 5:17 pm UTC

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The Bear

In Anton Chekov's The Bear, we see examples of hypocrisy in the behavior of Popova and Smirnov. When Smirnov arrives at Popova's home to collect a debt, he finds that Popova's husband is dead and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 2:02 pm UTC

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The Bear

“The Bear” makes fun of the way the aristocracy lives. Elena, the widow, lives off her money and refuses to leave the house. Smirnov, another wealthy landowner, lives by borrowing and lending...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 4:27 am UTC

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The Bear

The Bear is a one-act play which centers around the characters of Elena Popova, a grieving widow, and Smirnov, a landowner to whom Elena's deceased husband owed money. Smirnov has his own debts to...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 4:46 am UTC

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The Bear

The two primary sources of humor in Anton Checkov’s one-act play The Bear are situational irony and hyperbolic wordplay. Situational irony is when an audience has the reasonable expectation that...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 10:08 pm UTC

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The Bear

“The Bear” is a very vaudeville play, and so it hides serious issues in slapstick humor. This play does address topical concerns like death, responsibility and wealth, gender issues, and most...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 11:40 pm UTC

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The Bear

The setting helps show the deep despair and confusion that Mrs. Popov has after her husband's death. It's a static setting. The setting—and Mrs. Popov's life—become more dynamic when Smirnov...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 6:08 pm UTC

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The Bear

Elena Popova is very sad because her husband has died. Six months after his death, she still refuses to leave the house in honor of his memory. Elena Popova, a rich widow “with dimples on her...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

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The Bear

Popova, a widow, is still in mourning for her husband, and Smirnov arrives, insisting on seeing her because he has come to collect money that Popova's husband owed him. Popova feels that her "life...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 1:46 pm UTC

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The Bear

Satire is defined as constructive criticism delivered by mocking an element’s shortcomings in a humorous way to bring attention to the issue. The criticism is achieved through irony and sarcasm...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 12:46 pm UTC

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The Bear

Elena Ivanovna Popova, the female lead in Anton Chekhov's The Bear: a Joke in One Act, is the driving force of the play. The play is set on the seventh-month anniversary of her husband's death....

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018 9:36 pm UTC

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The Bear

Chekhov's one act play The Bear is a farce comedy that concerns two principle characters. These characters are the widow Elena Ivanovna Papova and Grigory Smirnov, a landowner who pursues Elena for...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 8:52 pm UTC

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The Bear

Let us not forget that this play is subtitled "A Joke (or a Farce) in One Act." Therefore we can say that this is a play that is representative of the genre of farce. One of the aspects of farce...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 12:07 am UTC

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The Bear

I have to admit I loved the play, The Bear. I laughed when Smirnov started grumping around and refusing to leave. I found it funny to see how each was screaming and totally disgusted with the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011 7:12 am UTC

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The Bear

Well...these are all excellent points, and amazingly so in light of the fact that Anton Chekov's The Bear is a comedy—and such a delightful one! It's easy sometimes to lose sight of the fact that...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011 8:27 am UTC

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The Bear

Smirnov's contempt for women and their capacity for logic is aptly expressed in an overheated monologue, where he rails against Popova's “silly feminine logic” in refusing him to pay the money her...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021 11:43 am UTC

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The Bear

In Anton Chekov's The Bear, I think there are two distinctions in the play with regard to "affairs of the heart." First, Popova venerates the memory of her dead husband, but not out of love. He was...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 2:14 pm UTC

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The Bear

One way to be able to understand the style of Anton Chekov's one-act comedy The Bear is by analyzing it as what it is: A vaudeville-type farce that is written with the purpose of providing the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 12:18 am UTC

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The Bear

The ending to “The Bear” is pretty funny, but I think the play might be more interesting if Elena spurned Smirnov instead of accepting him, or if they really did duel—instead of kissing. This comic...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 4:34 am UTC

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The Bear

The tone of The Bear is humorous and satirical. Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. In The Bear, Chekov uses a vaudeville-like format to tell a story of a widow, a lonely landowner,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 3:51 am UTC

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The Bear

Smirnov is a middle-aged landowner who has come to collect a debt that he was owed by Popova's now-dead husband, Nicolai Mihailovitch. Popova explains that she has no money at present and that she...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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The Bear

In Popova's absence, Smirnov rants and raves about how much of a soft touch he is to the people who owe him money. Well, from now on, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy; Smirnov's determined that Popova...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 8:28 am UTC

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The Bear

Nikolai is Elena Popova's deceased husband. When the story begins, we find Elena in a state of extended mourning, but as the play unfolds, we learn that this dramatic display of mourning is more...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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The Bear

In Chekhov's The Bear, two examples of significant stage directions can be found at the drama's beginning and ending. When Smirnov first enters, the stage directions reflect a significant part of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 7:56 am UTC

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The Bear

It is clear that as the play proceeds Mrs Popov and Smirnov become more and more enraged and hysterical as their emotions completely take control of them and dominate both what they say and what...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2013 10:29 am UTC

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The Bear

The play The Bear by Anton Chekhov is set in the drawing room of Mrs. Popova’s house. Mrs. Popova is lamenting her husband’s death. Luka, her footman, is trying to lift her spirits and is trying to...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 2:58 pm UTC

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The Bear

The main characters in “The Bear” learn that you can find love in unexpected places, and that it’s important to live your life. In this short play, a widow named Elena Popova mourns the loss of her...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 2:33 am UTC

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The Bear

In Chekhov's one-act comedy “The Bear,” Elena Popova is mourning for her husband when Gregory Smirnov (the bear of the title) bursts in to collect a debt. He initially greets Elena with respect but...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 7:13 am UTC

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The Bear

Gender stereotypes emerge strongly in The Bear by Anton Chekhov. The story revolves around two main characters, Mrs. Popova and Mr. Smirnov. Smirnov shows up at Mrs. Popova’s house to collect a...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 12:02 pm UTC

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The Bear

When Gregory Smirnov, "landed gentleman and lieutenant of artillery retired," enters, he does so without the usual courtesy of his class, an early sign of his disillusionment with life. After he...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 11:52 pm UTC

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The Bear

Anton Chekhov’s story succeeds in holding the reader’s attention in part because the two main characters, Popova and Smirnov, have many believable qualities. In addition, the author skillfully...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 4:05 am UTC

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The Bear

This play begins with Elena Ivanovna Popova's footman Luka imploring her to stop mourning her late husband. To make his argument, Luka states that everyone else is in good spirits, even the cat....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2021 11:23 pm UTC

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The Bear

The play The Bear is pretty unbelievable, when you really think about it. Here is a man who is owed money, a woman who has locked herself up in her house because her cheating husband died, and they...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 3:01 am UTC

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