In this monologue, Astroff tells Marina how physically and emotionally exhausting it is to be a doctor. He ends by wondering if people 200 years from now will remember his hard work.
Prior to this monologue, Helena has come to talk to Astroff about Sonia who is suffering due to her love for him. Astroff concludes that Helena has brought up the subject of love to encourage him to confess his own emotions for her. In this monologue, Astroff tells Helena that she is a "wily one" and that he has feelings for her, too.
AuthorName: Anton Chekhov
Eras: 1901-1950, 1851-1900
Prior to this monologue, Astroff had been drinking heavily with Ivan. Here, he is speaking to Sonia about how dreary life is. He tells Sonia that while beauty still touches him, he does not love anyone.
CharacterName: Michael Astroff
Age Range: 30s - Late, 40s - Early
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
PlayName: Uncle Vanya
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
In this monologue, Astroff is speaking to Vanya and Helena. He is telling them how important the trees are to the earth and how it is a shame that people want to demolish them rather than expand upon them.
In this monologue, Astroff is saying good-bye to Helena. He asks her to confess to a life of idleness. He then goes on to tell her that though she seems to be a good person, there is something scary about her personality. He ends the monologue by contemplating the nature of good-byes and by asking Helena if he may kiss her.
In this monologue, Astroff is showing his map to Helena. He shows her how the animal life and forests are dwindling compared to where they were 25 years ago. He explains how people destroy in the name of progress, yet no real progress can be obtained from the destruction.
In this monologue, Astroff tells Vanya that even though their lives have been miserable, there is still hope that they will find some happiness in the afterlife. He then remembers that Vanya has stolen his morphine and tries to get it back. Once Sonia enters, he tells her what her Uncle Vanya has done and leaves it to Sonia to get the morphine from him.