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Anton Chekhov

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the-cherry-orchard-anton-chekhovOld World vs. New WorldThe world of privilege is dying, and Lyubov and Gayev watch helplessly as former servants become rulers in a modern world.The PastLyubov and her family yearn for the comforts of the past, while others view the past as brutal and oppressive.Talk vs. ActionThe upper class, defined by empty talk, struggles against doers and workers like Lopakhin.LeonidAndreyevich GayevLyubovs sentimental, talkative brotherMain CharactersFirsOld servant to Lyubov and Gayev TrofimovPhilosophizing long-time studentCharlotta IvanovnaGoverness with a talent for magic tricksLopakhinWealthy former serf; takes over the cherry orchardAnyaLyubovs idealistic younger daughterVaryaLyubovs adopted older daughterLyubov Andreyevna RanevskayaLandowner; cannot manage moneyYears Chekhov was ill with tuberculosis before he died20Short stories Chekhov published between 1888 and 1904>50Acres occupied by the cherry orchard2,000Year the Russian Revolution toppled the real aristocracy1917The Cherry Orchardby the NumbersSymbolsCherry OrchardSymbolizes both positive and negative aspects of the past Snapped StringMournful sound represents change and disorderFirsRepresents the old class structure and way of lifeTrofimov, Act IIll Russia is our orchard. It is a great and beautiful land, and there are many wonderful places in it.Born in southwestern Russia, Chekhov was a doctor and successful writer of comic short stories in addition to being a beloved playwright. His last play, The Cherry Orchard, which he considered a comedy because of its funny elements and ridiculous actions, was first performed just six months before he died.ANTON CHEKHOV1860–1904AuthorSet in early 1900s Russia, The Cherry Orchard tells the story of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya and her family as they fall from the upper class. In denial about her changing social position, Lyubov refuses to take action to save her family. As the estate and orchard slip away, Lyubovs family struggles to adjust to a new world order.In with the NewTHEMESSources:, Chekhovs Chronic Tuberculosisby Brice R. Clarke, Chekovs The Cherry Orchard’” by Peter P. Remaley, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama by W.B. Worthen Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Anton Chekhov1904RussianPlayAuthorFirst PerformedOriginal LanguageThe Cherry OrchardDrama

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