In this monologue, Vanya is speaking to his brother-in-law, Alexander, who has just told everyone that he wants to sell the estate that Vanya has lived on and maintained for 25 years. Vanya recounts to Alexander how much effort and money he has put into the estate. He tells Alexander how foolish he was to admire him and that all that he feels for Alexander now is loathing.
In this monologue, Vanya tells Astroff first about his mother and then about his brother, the professor. Vanya speaks of all the ways in which his brother is a fortunate man and why he does not deserve such fortune.
PlayName: Uncle Vanya
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
CharacterName: Ivan (Vanya) Voitski
Age Range: 40s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
AuthorName: Anton Chekhov
Eras: 1901-1950, 1851-1900
Vanya is speaking to his brother-in-law's second wife, Helena, with whom he is in love. He tells her that his life and love are wasted. He also proclaims that it is a tragedy that Helena's life is being wasted as well.
Ivan is alone as he speaks of how he wishes he had fallen in love with Helena and married her before his brother-in-law, Alexander, did. He talks of how he feels deceived by Alexander, for whom he worked so hard and was never rewarded.
In this monologue, Vanya tells Astroff it is strange that he tried to kill his brother-in-law but will not be punished for it since everyone thinks him insane. Vanya speaks of the pain of living and wonders how he will ever be able to endure the rest of his life.