Study Guide

The Seagull Characters

Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev

So Konstantin's having a quarter-life crisis. He's having a really bad quarter-life crisis. As...

Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina

Like many of the characters in this play, Arkadina's personality is primarily shaped by her...

Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya

Nina is the nineteen-year-old neighbor of Sorin. In Act 1, she and Konstantin are in love and...

Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin

Trigorin is a famous writer, and the lover of both Arkadina and Nina. His whole personality...

Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin

Sorin is Arkadina's big brother. He's sixty years old and lives with Konstantin on the farm. He's...

Yevgeny Sergeyevich Dorn

Dorn is the local doctor and a friend of the family. He's fifty-five, handsome, well-educated and...

Masha

Masha is the daughter of Shamrayev and Paulina. She's dramatic and depressive and she always...

Paulina Andreyevna

Paulina is Shamrayev's wife and Masha's mom. She's having an affair with Dorn. Just as Sorin...

Ilya Afanasyevich Shamrayev

Shamrayev manages Sorin's farm, is husband to Paulina, and is father to Masha. He's a blowhard...

Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko

Medvedenko is Masha's suitor and then husband. He's a small-minded schoolteacher; a wimpy...