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As a result, Chekhov's efforts to melodramatize the experience of marriage in all its crass and crude permutations fail to capture the attention of a reader more interested in a world made up of ribald jokes, of hamhanded pratfalls, of cuckolded husbands, and domineering wives fobbing off their daughters on shady suitors.
Ranging across the spectrum of "high" and "low" aesthetic forms, expressionist pathos and new sobriety, and supplementing the father-son conflicts of expressionism with parabolic mother-daughter plots, these texts melodramatize stark alternatives, forcing their characters into existential decisions.
Spenser prefers to melodramatize his geopolitical crisis instead of finding an allegorical harbor in a theological Vale of Tears.