Introduction : In Anton Chekhov’s play The Proposal, Chubukov is a land owner and father of a beautiful girl, Natalya. His role as a responsible father and as man in the play is very significant to sum up the themes of the play. His character is merged with distinguished characteristics.
A. Astute Businessman: Chubukov is an astute businessman who keeps at heart the interest of his property and his daughter. Like all business deals, he even looks for the lucrative aspects in Natalya’s marriage.
B. Chubukov as a Father: Chubukov’s character as a good father is an ambiguous one. We get different characteristic of his fatherhood. Some of the sensible elements of his fatherhood are –
i) Sensible & Responsible Father: Chubukov is a sensible and responsible father. Chubukov is a caring, sensible father to both Natalya and his business.
ii) Loving Father: He loves his daughter and he is very careful about Natalya.
iii) Conventional Father: He is a reflection of conventional father, having a grown up daughter.
iv) Sensibilities of a Father: Chubukov thinks his daughter a burden and ‘weight of my shoulders’ and he desperately wants to get rid of her. Anton Chekhov’s portrayal of Chubukov considering her daughter a liability reflects the social life and mindset of the society encompassing marriage as a means to mitigate the burden of a father.
When Chubukov says, “I ought to be hanged”, his regret is more more about a social security broken off than the romantic well-being of this daughter.
v) Affectionate Father : He is hypocrite and pretentious. Despite being so, he is an affectionate father. When he sees his daughter behaving frenziedly, he immediately goes to call Lomov back. He wants her daughter to be happy.
☆ Note : ( In case of this question, Describe character of Chubukov as a sensible father, please elaborate the above points in details.)
C. Landowner: Chubukov is a wealthy man. He has big property.
D. Class Attitude: Chubukov represents class attitudes rather than full-grown personalities.
E. Greedy: Chubukov is a character with a common platform of acquisitive greed. He wants his daughter to be married with Lomov, as he is wealthy man.
ROLE OF CHUBUKOV : Chubukov plays the role of a sensible father, who is worried about his grown up daughter, Natalya. Anton Chekhov, through the character of Chubukov, expresses that marriage is more of conventional business deal subscribed to by society rather than romantic union between two people.
Conclusion : So, the character of Chubukov is full of different qualities of general human behavior and tendency. Chubukov is a significant character who plays a conventional role as father having other essential qualities of human beings.
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