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Swan Song by Anton Chekhov
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Apr 18, 2010

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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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