This paper is devoted to study A. Vampilov’s play Duck Hunting: Its event and situation are analyzed and the reasons for the ambiguity and diversity of interpretation will be identified.
The main motifs of Bampilov's play Duck Hunting are duck hunting and death (suicide). Duck hunting is the single purpose of the protagonist Zilov and the title of the play that expresses the subject matter of the work. After several twists and turns, Zilov decides to start the duck hunting that however does not occur in plays: Zilov does not cross the border between the everyday - and hunting space, and the motif of duck hunting does not develop into an event. In the play the motif of death (suicide) is placed throughout the play. However, in the end of the play Zilov gives up suicide: he can't cross the line between life and death, and there is no event ‘death (suicide)’ in the play Duck Hunting.
While there is no event in the play Duck Hunting, the focus of the situation realized by the visions and recollections of Zilov stands out. The play Duck Hunting belongs to the ‘plotless’ text, in which not event but the focus of the situation is dominant; the focus of the psychological situation of Zilov becomes the main theme of the play.
The absence of the event not only provides a difficulty in interpreting the meaning of the duck hunting, but also enable diversity of interpretation. In particular, the ambiguity of Zilov’s action demonstrated in the ending of the play strengthens the ambiguity of the meaning of duck hunting, but at the same time enhances the diversity of interpretation, what furthermore resulted in confining the interpreted meanings to the category of possibility.