The Cherry Orchard


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A Comedy in Four Acts


First published in 1904


Translated to English by Julius West in 1916.



CHARACTERS:



LUBOV ANDREYEVNA RANEVSKY (Mme. RANEVSKY), a landowner,

ANYA, her daughter, aged seventeen,

VARYA (BARBARA), her adopted daughter, aged twenty-seven,

LEONID ANDREYEVITCH GAEV, Mme. Ranevsky's brother,

ERMOLAI ALEXEYEVITCH LOPAKHIN, a merchant,

PETER SERGEYEVITCH TROFIMOV, a student,

BORIS BORISOVITCH SIMEONOV-PISCHIN, a landowner,

CHARLOTTA IVANOVNA, a governess,

SIMEON PANTELEYEVITCH EPIKHODOV, a clerk,

DUNYASHA (AVDOTYA FEDOROVNA), a maidservant,

FIERS, an old footman, aged eighty-seven,

YASHA, a young footman,

A TRAMP,

A STATION-MASTER,

POST-OFFICE CLERK,

GUESTS,

A SERVANT.



The action takes place on Mme. RANEVSKY'S estate.






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The Cherry Orchard story analysis.

I'm needing your help guys. Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard is our main discussion nex week, so I started reading it and yesterday I finished it. The story is nice and I love how Chekov made his theme. I just have one thing to clarify about the story. Many of the most important and traumatic events in the play—Grisha's drowning, the sale of the orchard, Ranevsky's suicide attempt—either happen before the play's action or off-stage. Why do you think Chekhov would stage some of the most dramatic events outside the confines of the play itself? What effect does this have on the play? thank you in advance ---eye


Lopakhin

I just finished reading this play, and I really enjoyed it, though I thought the ending was rather said. I disliked Lopakhin and thought he was a cad who only cared about himself and what he wanted. I thought it was quite wrong the way in which he bought the orchid to do with it the very thing her knew the family was against and than rubbed it in their faces. He was completely insensitive to their wishes and could not understand their feelings at all. He could only think about himself. I was glad in the end when he did not marry Barbara, but I think his relationship with her was another example of how he cannot understand how anyone else might feel about anything.


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