Anton Chekhov's play, "The Bear, is considered to be, "a farce, a dramatic form designed preeminently to evoke laughter, and it therefore contains extravagant language and boisterous and sudden action (Roberts and Jacobs, p.1570). The Bear is developed primarily on an entertainment aspect; considering the excessive satirical humor, the noticeable comical dialogue, as Smirnov and Mrs. Popov argue throughout the story and the amusing proceedings that continue throughout the play. "Chekhov minimized The Bear, referring to it as a ˜joke' and a ˜vaudeville'- both words suggesting a farcical work with little form or substance (Roberts and Jacobs, p.1570).
Previous to the play even beginning, Chekhov foreshadows the events and tone of his piece by stating the title as, "The Bear, A Joke in One Act (Chekhov, p.1571). The key word that Chekhov uses to inform the reader of the tone of his piece is "Joke. The definition of a joke is, "something said or done to provoke laughter, especially a brief narrative with a humorous climax (Merriam-Webster, p.403). Given the description of the title, the reader should already ma... Continue Reading