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Reality Illusion And Foolish Pride - 1,128 words
Reality, Illusion and Foolish Pride In the play "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov set in Mrs. Ranevsky's estate and " A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen set in Helmers' flat the protagonists shape the story. In both plays the protagonists' mental beliefs combine reality and illusions that shape the plot of each respective story. The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the foolish pride that motivated their decision leads to their personal downfall. In the Cherry Orchard, by AntonChekhov, Gayev and Miss. Ranevsky, along with the majority of their family, refuse to believe that their estate is close to bankruptcy. Instead of accepting the reality of their pro ...
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The Cherry Orchard - 327 words
From the Anton Chekhov play, The Cherry Orchard, performed at the O'Reilly Theater, the character Varya is quite unique. Varya embodies Chekhov's idea of comedy, she is waiting for events to happen, but in reality they will never happen. Varya is probably motivated by her quest for happiness, and what she really wants. She wants to marry Lopakhin, or does she? She probably doesn't truly love him but is motivated to marry him because she knows that she will have a less glamorous future without him. Until the auction, she is hopeful that the Cherry Orchard and their estate will be saved, but it is doomed from the beginning. Varya is a great example of Chekhov's subtextual style. She has an imm ...
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Tragically Inane: The Cherry Orchard And Six Characters - 2,000 words
The deconstruction of the conventions of the theatre in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard predicts the more radical obliteration presented later by Pirandello in Six Characters in Search of an Author. The seed of this attack on convention by Chekhov are the inherent flaws of all the characters in The Cherry Orchard. The lack of any character with which to identify or understand creates a portrait much closer to reality than the staged drama of Ibsen or other playwrights who came before. In recognizing the intrinsic flaws of its characters, we can see how Chekhov shows us that reality is subjective, reality is not simple, linear, or clean, and that the real benefit of theater is to show this ...
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The Cherry Orchard By Chekhov Is Tragic But Not A Tragedy - 920 words
It is very difficult to pigeonhole the modern drama into a tragedy or a comedy. A drama can be either of the two in two ways: either its vision of life is tragic, or the form used to present that vision is essentially tragic2. The sense of life pervading the world of The Cherry Orchard is tragic but there are some elements in the play due to which the tragic sense does not completely permeate the atmosphere of the play. Consequently the tragedy masquerades on the stage as a comedy. Critics who call the play a comedy3 have concentrated mostly upon the comic touches which are lent to certain characters such as Lopakhins mooing like a cow, Trofimovs crash from the stairs, Lopakhin mistakenly re ...
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The Cherry Orchard - 841 words
The Cherry Orchard The Misunderstood Comedy Essay #4 Eva Knowles E.H. 151-2 12/17/1999 When the first production of The Cherry Orchard was performed on stage in Moscow, there was a significant difference of opinion between the author and directors. Chekhov strongly faulted the directors interpretation that the play should be preformed as a tragedy and insisted that what he had written was a comedy. The famous philosopher Aristotle defined a comedy as 'an imitation of characters of a lower type who are not bad in themselves but whose faults possess something ludicrous in them.' The misinterpretation of The Cherry Orchard could be mainly due to a misunderstanding of the comic character. A 'com ...
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