Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Madame Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya
Madame Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya (lew-BOHF ahn-DREH-ehv-nuh rah-NEHF-skah-yah), a middle-aged woman and the owner of a large estate that has become impossible to maintain because of debts. Madame Ranevskaya is a remnant of the old order of Russian feudal aristocracy being pushed aside by social change. Her estate, her mansion, and especially the cherry orchard exist for her as symbols of her past, her innocent youth, and her formerly carefree life. She cannot reconcile herself to giving them up, she cannot change with the times, and she cannot assume the financial and emotional responsibility demanded of her. the forces that molded her are disappearing from Russian life.
Anya (AHN-yah), Madame Ranevskaya’s seventeen-year-old daughter. Although she loves the estate and the cherry orchard, her youth makes it possible for her to bend with the social tide. She reconciles herself to loss and change, to a new Russia of which she will be a part. Her love for Peter Trofimov, a student representative of the intellectual liberal in the new order, influences her toward confidence and hope for the future.
Varya (VAH-ryah), the adopted daughter of Madame Ranevskaya. Having managed the estate for years, she is exhausted by concern: about debts, for the servants, and about the future. Her efforts have come to nothing. She is in love with Lopakhin, a wealthy merchant who is so busy making money that he...
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