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Unformatted text preview: The relationship between two characters that interests me most is the relationship between Firs and Yasha. This relationship best represents the steady progression from old to new, which is a major theme of this play. Firs is an old, faithful footman who has virtually lived the same way for 87 years, and is perfectly content with living as he has done in the past. Yasha is a young, restless footman who is always looking towards the future and trying to escape to bigger and better things. In the second act, their relationship develops an apprentice-overtaking-the-master aura, when Yasha demonstrates a sort of superiority over Firs by telling him to shut up when Firs begins rambling at the party. In the end, the man of the past becomes part of the past, and the man of the future starts a new future in Paris. In my opinion, the purpose behind opening and closing the play in the nursery is to give a sense of the past and rebirth. The nursery is where youth is plentiful, where the wondrous hours of the past were of the past and rebirth....
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course NA 12345 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '09 term at Seminole CC.
- Spring '09