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Unformatted text preview: Jeremy Kaiser Textual Analysis #2 Thursday April 3, 2008 Moving on The play The Cherry Orchard, written by Anton Chekhov, was a compelling drama about the change in a family’s lifestyle because of the evolving technology around them. The passage, found in the first few lines of ACT I, was said by Lopahin, a now-successful merchant, to Dunyasha, the cherry orchard’s maid, in one of the cherry orchard’s rooms. Even though Lopahin was speaking with Dunyasha in the room it seemed as if he was just thinking out loud, not intending for the statement to be directed to or at anyone. He was reminiscing on one memory in which Lopahin’s father had punched him in the face, making his nose bleed. Lyubov Andreyevna, the owner of the cherry orchard, nursed him back to health, telling him “Don’t cry, little peasant.” The two words “little peasant” had inspired the passage to develop shortly after. Lopahin then introduces that his father was a peasant, admitting that his father was poor. But what Lopahin fails to realize that being called a peasant doesn’t mean you are one or that you can never...
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