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by Anton Chekhov

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What is the theme in "The Bear" by Chekhov?  

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The theme of The Bear is that life is meant to be lived.

The play is a farce in one act.  Life, after all, is funny!  Elena, a wealthy widow, lives alone because she wants to honor her memory.  She has only Luka, her aged footman.  She has vowed to neither leave the house nor accept visitors.

I shall never go out.... Why should I? My life is already at an end. He is in his grave, and I have buried myself between four walls.... We are both dead.

Luka strongly disagrees.  He thinks that his mistress should leave the house, or at least have neighbors over.  Mourning this way is not living,...

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