Three Sisters

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The two men in this play that are radically different are Chebutykin and Andrey. These men are different because their set of mind. Chebutykin is the old doctor that has given up on life because he deems it useless and nothing matters. Andrey is the young husband who thinks too highly of himself and is too self-centered to change his ways. Both ultimately ruin themselves because they are too focused on their way of thinking to realize how they actually fit into the world.

The old doctor, Chebutykin, is a man that knows he is going to leave the world soon and is giving up. He tells us that he lives only for the girls and would have died if it weren't for their existence. Right from the start of the play he doubts the importance of things. We are introduced to his philosophy in his second line when he says, "For hair falling out...

two ounces of naphthalene in half a bottle of alcohol… to be dissolved and used daily...Let's make a note of it! No, I don't want it… It doesn't matter." At the point when he is drunk, he takes this philosophy to a higher level and believes that his life and others are pointless. Chebutykin seems to be an intelligent and pleasant man because of the way he treats other people and talks but now he has withdrawn from this and taken to alcohol. He feels like he is shallow yet he is included. Everyone thinks he knows a lot still and is useful but the fact is that he is not. Chebutykin suffers great pain when a woman dies because they think that he is a doctor. He also suffers when the people around him talk about history and literature and include him while he...