World Lit. ETC
February 10 2014
Moving Past the Past
People sometimes have this strange feeling that reminds them of their past, that makes
them all warm and fuzzy inside, or cold and it makes them cringe. That feeling is nostalgia.
Everybody remembers the past differently. Some remember it as the wonderful time they had at
the park or at school with their best friend, yet some remember it as the time they were bullied
and picked on or they failed at something that was important to them. In Anton Chekhov's The
Cherry Orchard, Lyuba Ranevsky owns a cherry orchard that reminds her of the fond times she
had as a child playing in the orchard. The cherry orchard in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry
Orchard symbolizes the moving on from the past through Lyuba’s leaving her fond memories of
the cherry orchard, Fiers being left behind at the house, and Yermolay Lopakhin buying the
cherry orchard for housing.
Lyuba symbolizes moving on from the past through her selling the cherry orchard.
Everybody has that toy, book, or a picture that they hold near and dear to their heart because it
reminds them of the good times they had in the past. For Lyuba it was the cherry orchard. When
Lyuba was a child she had constantly played in the cherry orchard, and to her that carefree
feeling of doing whatever she wanted made those memories some of the best times of her life. Seth 2
“LYUBA: Oh, my childhood, days of my innocence! In this nursery I used to sleep; I used to
look out from here into the orchard. Happiness used to wake with me every morning, and then it
was just as it is now; nothing has changed” (Chekhov 180). Even though it seems that Lyuba has
not moved on from the past at the beginning of the book, she is persuaded and comes to a
conclusion that she will not forget the past, but sell the orchard and move on from it.
Fier represent moving on from the past...
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