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The Revolution of 1917 brought the Bolsheviks to power and Russia fell under communism

Communism falls in 1991 creating the twelve separate states of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Turkmenistan.

Synopsis of the play:

The story takes place on the country estate of Arkady Islayev and is a tale of overlapping love triangles and the effects that they have on a family. Arkady’s wife, Natalya is the central character, who falls for the new tutor of her young son, Belyayev to the dismay of her attendant Raitkin, who has been in love with Natalya for years. The situation is heightened by the fact that Vera, a young girl that Natalya has taken in and cared for, also one of her attendings, falls in love for the new tutor as well.  However the family doctor and friend, Shipgelsky, has informed Natalya that her neighbor is interested in marrying Vera, despite her young age. Natalya presents the idea to Vera, who accuses Natalya of trying to get her out of the way of Belyayev.  Natalya realizes she is right and that although it tortures her, Belyayev must leave, as well as her long-time attendant and friend Raitkin who will never win Natalya’s love. Vera still upset at Natalya’s attempt to marry her off to an older “boring” man and crushed by Belyayev’s unreciprocated  love, decides to leave the family’s estate as well.  The story is woven more intricatly by Arkady’s mother, who lives with the family as well as her, attendant Lizaveta, who is ultimately pursued by the family doctor, Shiplegsky.

The play depicts the lives of upper class Russian citizens in the 19th century. It shows the major separation of the family patriarch and his family, which was very common at the time. Arkady plays a very small role in the play, only appearing in the evenings for dinner and when he sees his wife is distressed about something, even then he is little consolation and has minimal interaction with her. It’s apparent in the play that privileged persons of this society often maintained more personal, intimate relationships with their attendants and help than with their actually family members.

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