Annotated Bibliography- The Cherry Orchard
Checkhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard. New Hampshire: Eldritch Press 1904.
The Cherry Orchard is a classic play written by Anton Checkhov circa 1901 to 1903. There were a variety of characters along with a unique storyline. There were twelve characters in the play that played separate but important roles throughout. The protagonist in the play was Mrs. Lubov Ranevsky; she was about middle aged in the play. She was owned the cherry orchard along with the estate which the story greatly concentrates on. Yermolay Lopakhin was another key character in the play; he was the son of peasants on the estate. His family had long been a part of the Ranevsky estate. He is very worried about his image when he is around Mrs. Ranevsky. He steadily complains about his lack of education and had a very rough childhood in comparison to Ranevsky. Peter Trofimov was a student at a nearby university. He intelligent although quite immature, Lubov had believed it was because of his rough upbringing. He has opposing views with Lopakhin because of Lopakhin’s views on life. Next is Leonid Gayev. He is Lubov’s biological brother and he is a bit odd and at times childish. At very odd times Gayev describes billiard shots that having nothing to do with the topic. He also behaves quite different when he is not within his own social standard. Varya is yet another character in the play; she was adopted and is in loves Lopakhin but has doubts about Lopakhin’s ability to move the relationship a step further. She is works very hard but she is very emotional and cries frequently. Anya is another character introduced. She is the birth daughter of Lubov and she has lived a life of comfort. She is very supportive to her mother when the estate is lost. Boris Simeonov Pischik is another character. He is a landowner like Lubov and is having money problems and continuously borrows money from others. He is known for his optimistic attitude towards life. Another important character is Charlotte. She is a private tutor for Anya’s children despite the amusement she provided to the people around her, she is constantly mocked by others behind her back. Firs is a Lubov’s manservant. He is elderly and always talks about the “old days” and how it used to be on the estate. He is the only think that shows the past of the estate. Simon Yephikodov is a clerk at the Lubov’s estate. He is an amusing suicidal. He amuses all the people around him and he is a lover and he proposed to Dunyasha who works as a maid in the estate. The final character is Yasha; he is the manservant who follows Lubov in her travels. He has a passion for France and is not afraid to speak his mind. He once told Firs to his face that he is too old and that he should die.
Part II – The Cherry Orchard
Act I begins with the characters in a nursery despite the fact that no children have been there for quite some time. It was May and Lopakhin was waiting for Lubov, the owner of the estate. Lopakhin is joined by Yephikodov who enters the room and complains about weather and his life. After rude remarks from Lopakhin he is forced to leave. As Dunyasha enters she tells everyone that Yephikodov has proposed to her. As Lubov arrives with Anya, they are met by Varya, Charlotte, Gayev, and Pischik. Dunyasha makes another announcement saying that Trofimov is residing in the estates bathhouse. Anya is rejoiced. As Varya comes in to the estate she meets with Anya and they have a talk about poverty and their financial necessities. Varya tells Anya about how Lopakhin has not proposed to her yet. Anya talks about how Lubov going to Paris was because Lubov’s husband and seven year old son dying. Anya goes to sleep.
After Anya goes to sleep, Lopakhin starts talking about the orchard which is going to have to be sold in in order from Lubov to pay off of her debt. The matter is debated and Firs tells about how “back in the day” jam was made out of the cherries...
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