Full title  Uncle Vanya: Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts

Author Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Type of work Drama

Genre Tragicomedy; Chekhov was known for his blending of tragic and comic genres

Language Russian

Time and place written Written in 1895–1897; Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the south of Russia

Date of first publication 1897; first produced in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theater, October twenty-six, 1899

Publisher Platonov

Narrator None

Climax Voynitsky fails to murder Serebryakov.

Protagonists Voynitsky, Astrov, Sonya

Setting (time) turn-of-the-century Russia

Setting (place) Serebryakov's country estate

Point of view Point of view is not located as there is no narrator figure

Falling Action Chekhov does not make use of the classical Aristotelian plot line, in which rising and falling action comprise an immediately recognizable climax, catastrophe, and denouement

Tense The play unfolds in the time of the present

Tone Tragi-comedic

Themes The wasted life; impossible love

Motifs Indirect action; estrangement; the pseudo-climax; the land

Symbols  Uncle Vanya does not particularly make use of symbols.

Foreshadowing Again, because Chekhov makes use of such an unconventional plot structure, often driven by indirect action, there is little foreshadowing.