The Proposal (Model Answer)

Q. Comment on the character of Lomov.     

Ans: The one act play ‘The Proposal’ by Anton Chekhov revolves round Lomov’s marriage proposal to Natalya. Lomov is very interesting character of its own accord. He represents the class of feudal landowner who considers marriage to be a social relation and not merely a personal affair. His intention is to maintain his social status. He comes to propose Natalya Stepanovna , ‘an excellent housekeeper, not bad-looking, well-educated’ but engages in quarrelling with her over Oxen Meadows, an dispute land and over their dogs Guess and Squeezer. By nature he is a sort of pessimist and plagued by his real and imaginary illness. He suffers from insomnia and spends sleepless nights. He is egoistic in nature and makes fuss over trifles. He is not stable in his purpose and makes ridiculous decisions. However, in the end he succeeds to achieve his purpose.

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