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The Home

Broken home is more like it. The home in question is the country house of the family that's at the heart of the Uncle Vanya, and the true owner of the estate is dead. And she only had it because he...

Love

What's love got to do with it? Well, a whole lot of nothing, it turns out, in Uncle Vanya. The characters are pretty much all pining over each other, but no one manages to connect. You've really go...

Dissatisfaction

When it comes down to it, no one in the entire the cast of characters in Uncle Vanya is satisfied with the way their lives have turned out. From unrequited love to dead-end jobs and beauty-school-d...

Guilt/Blame

We'll admit, this category is a little bit funky in Uncle Vanya. The folks in the play are all consumed by it, but it's not exactly the kind where they feel bad for something they did. No, here the...

Sacrifice

In Uncle Vanya, sacrifice is no noble endeavor where everyone goes home feeling good about what they've accomplished. Nope. We're talking full on, sighing martyrdom. The younger characters in this...

Drugs and Alcohol

The vodka consumption, along with the medicines that Serebryakov needs for his gout, are heavy in Uncle Vanya. The fact that people who use drugs and alcohol in the play, namely Astrov and Serebrya...

Passivity

The big problem all the characters have in Uncle Vanya is that they are unhappy with their lives. Some of them had big dreams that just didn't work out, like that they would be musicians, famous sc...

Man and the Natural World

Our main representative character for this theme will be the good Doctor Astrov, a physician who's kind of a part-time forest ranger in his spare time. He's obsessed with the ill effects that indus...
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