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The Seagull


In The Seagull , Anton Chekhov uses the bird to expose the vulnerability of his main characters Nina and Constantine , to show their innocence and freedom , and their losing both

At the start of the play , Nina relates with the seagull in that she is drawn to the lake where she grew up like the bird . In this sense , the seagull depicts an image of security , innocence and freedom , all the things that Nina has before she goes out into the world to pursue her acting dreams . She is a contented

seagull happy to be home . In her pursuit of her dream of fame , Nina becomes drawn to Trigorin , and Trigorin 's character also recognizes Nina as the seagull when he said "Just making a note .a plot for a short story . It 's about a girl not unlike you , who has lived all her life beside a lake . She loves the lake , the way a seagull does , and she 's as happy and free as a seagull Then a man comes along , catches sight of her , and in an idle moment , and destroys her - just like that seagull of yours " In this brief statement , Trigorin is already revealing that he intended to use Nina for his own selfish motives - as a material for his writing , and not to be loved as she hoped . More than that , as Trigorin represented the fulfillment of Nina 's ambition of fame and success , I think that the man who catches sight of the seagull not only refers to Trigorin himself but also to a part of an individual who exploits his or her talents by using these irresponsibly and in turn destroying the inherent creative spirit within . It is man 's greed that eventually destroys himself in the end caring little for the principles and ideals that he once believed in just to pursue the material things that he desire . In this play , we see the characters struggle with their crafts . Nina wants to be an actress and she is willing to do anything to achieve fame and be successful , and just like that she is like a seagull who left its home to follow a man who will eventually kill her

And in the later part of the play , Nina do realize that she made a mistake , that it was not fame or success that mattered , but her ability to endure the things that came her way . She saw herself as the seagull fallen from grace , but like the once proud who left her home , she came back and not let the world destroy her completely . She retained for herself a sense of pride and dignity and hope . She lost her innocence and freedom , but she gained experience and insight . If the seagull will be taken as the symbolizing Nina 's innocence , then it is true that the seagull was destroyed , because Nina has emerged wiser after her ordeals

On the other hand , the seagull stood for Constantine 's sincere love...

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