The Seagull

by

Anton Chekhov

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Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko Character Analysis

A bumbling, anxious schoolteacher whose constant preoccupation with money—and the lack of it—alienates him from those around him. He is hopelessly in love with Masha and frustrated by her inability to reciprocate his feelings. Medvedenko has a nervous disposition and, like many of the other characters in the play, is unafraid to verbalize even his most shameful feelings: he is open about his desire for Masha as well as his awareness (even after she accepts his marriage proposal) that she will never truly love him.

Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko Quotes in The Seagull

The The Seagull quotes below are all either spoken by Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko or refer to Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Norton & Company edition of The Seagull published in 2010.
Act 4 Quotes

MEDVEDENKO: It’s dark outside. Somebody should tell them to pull down that stage in the garden. It stands there bare, unsightly, like a skeleton, and the scene curtain flaps in the wind. When I was going by last night, I thought somebody was on it, crying…

Related Characters: Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko (speaker), Masha
Page Number: 138
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MASHA: It’s all nonsense. Unrequited love—that’s only in novels. Really silly. Just mustn’t lose control or go on waiting for something, waiting for your ship to come in… If love ever burrows into your heart, you’ve got to get rid of it. They’ve just promised to transfer my husband to another school district. Once we’ve moved there—I’ll forget all about it… I’ll rip it out of my heart by the roots.

Page Number: 140-141
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Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko Character Timeline in The Seagull

The timeline below shows where the character Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko appears in The Seagull. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...are hastily putting the finishing touches on the stage. Masha and her suitor, the schoolteacher Medvedenko, are on their way back from a walk. Medvedenko asks Masha why she is always... (full context)
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As Masha and Medvedenko approach the stage, Medvedenko tells Masha that Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplyov, Sorin’s nephew, has written a... (full context)
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...stick. He complains about the sleepy decadence of country life as Treplyov urges Masha and Medvedenko to clear the area until the stage is ready. Masha and Medvedenko head back up... (full context)
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Arkadina, Sorin, Trigorin, Shamraev, Medevenko, and Masha all arrive at the lake for the performance. Shamraev and Arkadina are discussing... (full context)
Act 2
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Sorin, Nina, and Medvedenko come down to the croquet field. Sorin excitedly announces that Nina’s father and stepmother are... (full context)
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...from Dorn. Dorn says that he doesn’t prescribe treatments for patients as old as Sorin. Medvedenko suggests Sorin stop smoking, but Sorin calls the idea “rubbish.” Medvedenko says that alcohol and... (full context)
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...says there’s nothing she can do—there are simply no free horses. Sorin asks Nina and Medvedenko to come up to the house with him to try to change Arkadina’s mind. Dorn... (full context)
Act 3
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...have killed herself. She vows to “rip [her love] up by the roots” by marrying Medvedenko and blotting out her old problems with new ones. Masha pours a shot of vodka... (full context)
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...is surely jealous of Trigorin—a predicament she can understand. She tells Trigorin that she’s marrying Medvedenko because she feels sorry for him—and because she knows he’s “awfully in love” with her.... (full context)
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...on his feet—Arkadina calls for help. Treplyov (with a bandage wrapped around his head) and Medvedenko rush into the room, but by the time they get there Sorin claims to have... (full context)
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...comes into the room and brings Arkadina a basket of plums for her journey—Sorin and Medvedenko enter as well. Sorin is dressed to go into town, and Medvedenko announces that he... (full context)
Act 4
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...empty, but lit by a single lamp against the dark of the evening. Masha and Medvedenko enter, calling for Treplyov, whom Sorin has asked for. Medvedenko looks out the window onto... (full context)
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Medvedenko asks Masha if they can go home—they have been at Sorin’s estate for three days... (full context)
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...is silly, and that to wait around for someone is foolish. She reminds Polina that Medvedenko has been transferred to a new school district, and once they’ve moved, she’ll “forget all... (full context)
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...and says again that once she moves, she’ll forget Treplyov within a month. Dorn and Medvedenko, who hasn’t left after all, wheel Sorin into the room in a chair. The three... (full context)
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...five days, and though Treplyov has gone to visit her, she won’t receive any guests. Medvedenko chimes in and says that he ran into Nina yesterday, and she told him she’d... (full context)
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...that they can all play a lottery game similar to bingo. Masha asks Shamraev if Medvedenko can borrow a horse to ride home—Shamraev says they’re already in for the night. Medvedenko... (full context)