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Swan Song by Anton Chekhov
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Apr 18, 10

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Read from April 18 to 19, 2010

As humans who have to face our mortality sooner or later, we tend to think and reminisce of our "glory days." The main character in this play is realizing his destructibility; his old age; his closeness to death and its irreversibility. And so, he begins to recite Shakespearean stanzas to prove that he is still a magnificent actor and a genius of the theatrical world. He hasn't lost his mind yet.

Many writers have touched the theme of an imminent death - none as brilliantly as it is expressed in The Death Of a Salesman, but still, Chekhov's play is a worthy contender.
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