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The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov has generated much discussion especially with regards to its genre. The author considered the play a comedy while the famous director, Stanislavski considered...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 1:58 pm UTC

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Chekhov's aesthetic of drama, his theory of drama, describes mood as one of the two most important elements in drama, whether tragedy or comedy. To understand this, let's put it in perspective...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 2:41 pm UTC

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The common denominator in both instances is Firs, the old and loyal former servant to the family. He says in Act II that the last time he heard this sound was just before the servants were freed...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2010 7:44 pm UTC

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The main theme of The Cherry Garden is the inability of a privileged family to change and adapt to the harsher realities of their current social and economic situation. Their situation mirrors the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018 11:09 pm UTC

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Arguably the most tragic element of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard is the auctioning off of the titular cherry orchard which belongs to Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya and her brother, Leonid...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 12:58 am UTC

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The biggest flaw of Madame Ranevsky's character in this excellent play is her complete inability to "move with the times" and recognise how her Russia is changing in so many different ways. When it...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 8:25 pm UTC

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Anton Chekhov conceived of this play, which turned out to be his last, as a comedy,designating it “A Comedy in Four Acts” and even emphasizing to the Moscow Art Theatre that the last act should be...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2011 8:01 am UTC

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Chekhov is considered a naturalist in that he tells of life as it is in a universe that is indifferent to individual human fates. He is also noted for the way in which his texts points to events...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 11:24 pm UTC

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Trofimov, as one of the "intellectuals" that characterise the new era that Russia is entering, stands for everything that the Ranevsky's are against. Note how he was an inmate in a labour camp,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 8:38 pm UTC

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In our contemporary world, we have seen land sold off to make way for housing developments. Where our fathers and grandfathers strolled through woods or orchards, today we see gated communities or...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 2:49 am UTC

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The main plot of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov revolves around a family that has owned a piece of land with a home and a cherry orchard—the family's changing fortune causes them now to face...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 5:39 am UTC

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In The Cherry Orchard, there are several characters that represent the past. One of the characters is the mother, Lyubov Ranevskaya. Although her life is falling apart and she is losing her beloved...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 1:47 pm UTC

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Using Shakespeare as one of its main users, the episodic plot follows a structure that is mainly characterized by the inclusion of a varied number of characters (along with their own stories within...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

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Chekhov starts out this play with thematic visual imagery. Some of the most prominent and thematic are the nursery, home and sleep, the cherry orchard, the frost-bitten chill May dawn (at 2 a.m....

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 10:56 am UTC

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So far as elements such as the actual texture and diction of these two writers are concerned, I'm only able to rely on their transators' skills and accuracy, like most of us in the English-speaking...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 4:37 am UTC

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When Chekhov wrote The Cherry Orchard, Russia was experiencing great economic and social change. In the midst of all this, the old aristocracy, the traditional ruling class of Russia, did...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021 12:39 pm UTC

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In this case, asserting that Timorov is a spokesperson character for Chekhov is a reasonable assumption; Timorov is here speaking of the changes in the cherry orchard’s condition, but Chekhov, in...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2013 3:42 pm UTC

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I think that there is much to be discussed in Chekhov's work. The fundamental conflict here is the aristocratic family who is forced to see their beloved estate sold off in an auction. In this...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 1:34 am UTC

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Throughout the play, the wealthy businessman Lopakhin has been urging the Ranevsky family to set the orchard to be developed as a middle class housing estate in order to be able to afford to stay...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 5:37 am UTC

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Lopakhin is a character who represents rising social mobility and also comments on the way that the Ranevskys are going down socially. His grandather was once a serf who worked on the Ranevsky...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 8:26 pm UTC

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It is often referred to as a comedy, no doubt due to the subtitle and Chekhov's insistence on calling it a farce, but to me the tragic elements overwhelm the comic. This family, though terribly...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 12:18 pm UTC

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In very simple terms, dialogues reveal character and also contribute to the tragic-comic mood of the play . Let us take two important characters from The Cherry Orchard - Peter Trofimov the eternal...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2009 12:36 am UTC

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The Cherry Orchard is told from the point of view of Madame Lyuba Ravensky. This being a play, she does not narrate the action, but it is to her perspective that the reader is most tethered...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 12:09 pm UTC

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Chekhov, as he does in much of his fiction, captures the upheavals and quiet agon going on in Russian society, situations that not so long after this play was written ended in revolution. The...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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In this play, it is important to consider how Firs is compared with his grandson, Yasha. Firs is portrayed as the faithful servant of the Ranevsky family, who, because of his deep and enduring...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 2:11 am UTC

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You have asked a much debated question that has been discussed since the first showing of this excellent play. It is interesting that Chekov himself referred to this play as a "farce," whereas many...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 2:22 am UTC

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Arguably Firs is the character that suffers the most tragic ending out of all of the characters in this excellent play. Let us remember that Firs is presented as a faithful servant to the Ranevsky...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 9:38 am UTC

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In Anton Chekov's tragicomedy, the delusionary Madame Ranyevska and her brother Gayev cannot imagine that there is no escaping their dilemma of losing the family lands. In Act I, the unrealistic...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 5:44 am UTC

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Anton Chekhov's comedic character in The Cherry Orchard, Simon Yephikodov, embodies a Shakespearean quality as he is the Chekhovian representation of the urbane Shakespearean Fool: He is part of an...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2009 4:57 am UTC

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Well, one of the principal themes of this play is actually the lack of action that is taken by the main characters in terms of their apathy and passive state as they face the loss of the cherry...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

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You might want to respond to this question through thinking about how First talks about the cherry orchard and what he thinks about it. He, as an older character, seems to fit into the general...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

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There are many good roles for actors in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Part of your choice of which you might wish to play in reality depends on your age and gender, and your specific acting skills....

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 1:18 pm UTC

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Anton Chekhov's last play The Cherry Orchard was first performed on 30 January, 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Konstantin Staninslovsky(In the "Old Style" Russian calendar the date...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2009 12:34 pm UTC

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First, you have been asked to formulate a thesis statement for your essay on The Cherry Orchard. If you believe that the play inherently leans towards comedy or tragedy, then you will probably be...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 8:04 pm UTC

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One of the most compelling descriptions of early Modernism would be its articulation in shifting notions of power. Modernist works such as Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Dostoyevsky's Notes from...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2014 7:34 am UTC

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Lopakhin's statement reflects change. In the purest form, his statement represents the idea that Russia is changing. The traditional notion of nobility, serfdom, and blind loyalty to both master...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2011 11:49 pm UTC

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To a great extent, the quote reveals the contradictory transformation that is a part of Lopakhin's character. On one hand, the quote refers to how much of change that there is in his being. From...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 7:04 pm UTC

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One reason behind why Chekhov's work is held in such high esteem is that it is a work that is able to integrate elements of comedy and drama in a real life depiction. It is startling to try to...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 7:00 pm UTC

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This play certainly presents us with a range of characters who are shown to be blind to their problems or to ignore them. Leonid is the brother of Madame Ranevsky, and his biggest failing sems to...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

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The version is the out of copyright version which is translated by Julius West.

Latest answer posted October 6, 2008 1:46 am UTC

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It’s important to note that the Russian Revolution took place in a Russia that was, at the time of Chekhov’s play, overwhelming poor and rural with a small and enormously rich aristocracy having...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 6:14 am UTC

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Right throughout The Cherry Orchard Chekhov uses some vivid imagery to highlight certain of the play's themes and to give us an insight into the lives of the characters depicted on stage. First of...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2021 12:36 pm UTC

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If I were you I would start by saying whether you liked the play or didn't like it. Then you might tell what you liked and what you disliked, and why. Your instructor probably wants your own...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 7:48 am UTC

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It is rather difficult for me to assess how you might have felt when the axe fell; only you can give an account of your own feelings. The general critical reaction to the play suggests a wide range...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 1:43 pm UTC

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Lyubov is so impoverished that she really shouldn't have been living in Paris at all. But she's there all the same, remaining in the city of light, even after her lover has stolen her money and...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 10:38 am UTC

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If we take Trofimov's role as the radical student who seeks change and strives for Russia's best, then his words serve as a very ominous reminder of what happens when the ideals of revolutionary...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2011 9:41 pm UTC

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The past events of the family presented at the beginning of The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov concern the downward spiral of a once rich land anded wealthy family who have no choice but to sell the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013 10:23 am UTC

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You go about writing an essay about a play the same way as for a poem or another piece of literature. First read the play and watch a version, if you can find one, but be sure to reference the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2017 11:59 am UTC

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