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The Proposal

The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
By: (1860-1904)

The Proposal by Anton Chekhov is a charming and humorous play that delves into the complexities of human relationships and communication. The story is set in the countryside and follows a man named Lomov who visits his neighbor Chubukov to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage. What follows is a series of misunderstandings, arguments, and comedic moments as Lomov and Chubukov clash over trivial matters.

Chekhov expertly weaves together themes of social class, pride, and love in this short play. The characters are well-developed and relatable, with each displaying their own quirks and flaws. Despite its light-hearted tone, The Proposal also touches on the absurdity of societal expectations and the futility of arguments based on pride rather than genuine emotion.

Overall, The Proposal is a quick and enjoyable read that offers a humorous look at the intricacies of human relationships. Chekhov's wit and insight shine through in this play, making it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

Book Description:
The Proposal is a one act comic farce by Anton Chekhov. In Chekhov’s Russia, marriage was a means of economic stability for most people. They married to gain wealth and possessions. In this play, the concept of marriage is being satirized to show the real purpose of marriage – materialistic gain rather than true love.

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