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thtr215-assignment1 - Shum 1 Alice Shum Due Date Section...

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Shum 1 Alice Shum Due Date: 09/21/10 Section: 62651D Time: 01:00-01:50pm F The Use of Language in The Cherry Orchard The style of language in The Cherry Orchard is pertinent in establishing the characters, their views and personalities and the overall period of the play. Ranevsky and Gayev's language is very dated depicting their old-fashioned views and reluctance to change. Nevertheless, Trofimov's language is more modern, conveying his forward thinking. The servants speak in only a more colloquial style; whereas, the aristocrats speak in a more traditional and formal way. Due to these various types of abilities to use language, it is evident that class divisions exist both in the play and in the rest of Russia during this period of time. Anya's style of speech changes throughout the play. In the beginning, she speaks in a childish and very formal way, then in a more reflective and calmly modern style that reflects the influence of Trofimov on her. Charlotta uses a slightly apathetic and indifferent way of communicating. In general, Anton Chekhov’s diction is very simplistic sentences. All in all, different characters in this play use their specific language to convey messages through similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, and other figurative language portrayed by Chekhov. In response to Gayef, Trofimov expresses a philosophy of idealism to Lopakhin, Madame Ranevsky, Anya, and Gayef in that the days of the aristocracy are over and now all classes must work: "Perhaps each of us has a hundred senses, and we lose only the five senses that we know
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Shum 2 at death, while the other ninety-five live on! . . . That which eludes us now will someday lie well within our grasp; but for this to happen, we must work ." (Act II, Line 348-357) “The other ninety-five remain alive,” Trofimov is actually saying an exaggeration, so it is actually a hyperbole used to amplify his statement to make it seem more important and serious.
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