English Literature GCE A/L Made easy-Drama: Chekhov's
Chekhov has maintained a sense of irony, revealing the ridiculous
situations in society.
Raneveskhya, being ignorant of her own situation-cherry orchard
mortgaged to pay her debts and her family coming back to Paris after
selling the Cherry Orchard, getting completely lost in society and
Lopakhin, the son of a serf buying the Cherry Orchard, inviting the
intelligent attention of the audience to the lifestyle of the capitalist
and the serfs.
Chekhov's sympathy with the ordinary people is revealed in Lopekhin's
character a poor serf's son blooming as a successful businessman -
buying the Cherry Orchard. Frothimov and Anya representing the young
generation - out to welcome the 'new world', the change that they're
going to face.
Frothimov: Yes the moon is rising. There it is happiness is
coming nearer and nearer. I seem to hear the footsteps..."
Frothimov and Anya - the young crowd seem to like the new society
deriving courage to better themselves. "We will plant a new orchard
still more beautiful than this". Chekhov's ingenious style maintains a
balance of pathetic as well as humorous situations.
The story in brief - The drama -
Cherry Orchard -
The theme of the drama is 'Nearness of happiness"
The story highlights the living status of Russians amidst the
"Liberation of the serfs".
The arrival of Madame Raneveskhya is expected by her neighbours,
friends and servants. She has two daughters. After the death of her
husband and son she had fled to France getting abandoned by her abusive
lover who had left her after robbing her wealth; she's coming back to
her Cherry Orchard.
Madame Raneveskhya's arrival is appreciated by her friends and the
servants. A romance rises between Dunyasha and Yepihodov but no one gets
interested in it. Another romance between Barbara and Lopakhin "A love
triangle between Dooniasha, Yasha and Yepihodov" "the class struggle of
Lopakhin and Firs, the isolation of Charllotte" occur amidst seeking a
solution to save the Cherry Orchard from the auction to be held in
Suggestions like building villas and leasing them invite objections
ending in nothing. Madame Raneveskhya's lover starting contact with her,
having had left her after robbing her and subjecting her to extreme
Madame Raneveskhya hoping to return to her lover and at the same time
expecting a miracle that would save her Cherry Orchard. The news that
Lopakhin has bought the Cherry Orchard, where his father and grandfather
worked as serfs, symbolize the radical change that is taking place.
The guests and even the servants dance and the ball goes on but
madame Raneveskhya is in a sad mood while Loparkhin is happy. Madame
Raneveskhya getting ready to leave the Cherry Orchard Loparkhin and
Trophim of share a warm farewell. Pishtchik managers to pay off some
debts, Gayef gets a job at a bank, Barbara becomes the housekeeper and
Yasha accompanying Madame Raneveskhya.
The old, sickly faithful serf feers, forgotten by every one lies down
to rest and becomes motionless and the symbolic sound of the axe from
the Cherry Orchard signals the sad and pathetic procedure ahead.