The Seagull - Nina Analysis




  • Naive
  • Manipulative
  • Inexperienced
  • Idealistic
  • Weak-willed
  • Aspirational
  • Has an affair with Trigorin - idolises his fame and success
  • Is dismissive of Konstantin's affection
  • Has no inheritance
  • Has Trigorin's child but the child dies - probably a catalyst for her mental state

Development (Growth & change)

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  • Becomes an unsuccessful actress
  • Starts to lose it  - 'I'm the seagull... No that's not right' 'I'm an actress'
  • 'I'm the seagull. No, that's not it. I'm an actress. That's it.' - seagull was shot by Konstantin and then stuffed by Trigorin. Echoes Nina's story. Loved by Konstantin and destroyed by Trigorin. Nina has lost her innocence, child, financial stability, but she stays afloat by clinging to her dream 'I'm an actress'
  • 'People's destinies are so different. Some people drag along, unnoticed and boring—they're all alike, and they're all unhappy. Then there are others, like for instance you—you're one in a million. You're happy—' - Nina sees the world as famous and happy people and normal and sad people. This shows her naivety as Dorn is happy but not artistic and Konstantin is artistic but not happy


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