“This burden… I don’t feel well… Nothing…”
It is probably impossible to include so many complaints in just one play. But Uncle Vanya is a charming play. How can poetry exist among all these complaints?
All the characters of the play carry a burden. As Nietzsche says, “we cannot suffer without making someone pay for it”. What do the characters of the play do with all that suffering?
And what type of characters are they? No woman character is a “heroine”, meaning she is not as feminine or as motherly as she should, and no male character is as masculine as he should so as to be called a “hero”. Uncle Vanya himself fails completely as a male protagonist. Even in the title he is referred merely as an “uncle”.
In this play:
Nobody sleeps as musch as he would like.
Nobody loves as much as they should.
Nobody takes any chances.
Nobody is being loved as much as they need to.
Everybody wants to feel more.
Everybody is ready for a fight.
Everybody repeats himself.
Some drink more than they should.
Some see work as therapy.
Some live their life as a drama.
In the end nothing changes.
*The play is in the greek language.