Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov’s, tragic play is about a family who lives in Russia who can not do anything to keep their families orchard due to money problems. Although this family has strong emotional connections to their orchard they still will not do any thing that requires work to save it. This is because they have been so use to a life of privilege and doing work is beneath them. This essay will try and explain where this family comes from and why there is such a lack of urgency on their part to help save the orchard.
This play is set in the country of Russia, at the beginning of the twentieth century just between the two World Wars. Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevsky is now the owner of the orchard who returns from Paris, to this place of her ancestors, with her daughter, Anya and her family’s’ hired help. Ranevsky returns to this orchard in May just before the summer. In the first act, it is learned that this family is debt and can not pay the mortgage and the orchard will be sold at auction in August. So it was very clear from the beginning that this family has been strapped for cash and needs to do something drastic to keep it. Later in Act I, we learn that Ranevsky hopes that a distant great aunt will help by loaning them the money to keep their orchard estate. Also, it is hoped that a marriage would bring wealth once again to this family.
Mid-summer comes and more attention is paid to dating then to the looming day of the estates’ auction. Ranevsky during, Act II reveals she was scammed for all of her money by a former boyfriend while in Paris. Even though she has little money left during this act Ranevsky plans to throw a party. She even gives a vagrant who is begging for money, all the money she has on her even though her adopted daughter, Varya argues with her about this.
Now we are several months into this story. This in the night of the party as well as the day of the auction. During this act, Ranevsky has received a little money...
Cited: Chekhov, Anton. “The Cherry Orchard.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Alison Booth, J. Paul Hunter and Kelly J. Mays. W.W. Norton & Company. 2005. 783-823. Print.
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