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Symbolism In "The Cherry Orchard" Essay

1028 words - 5 pages

A Symbol of Change
Symbolism has played a vital role throughout history and in literature, and continues to do so today, as well as tomorrow. The Russian author Anton Chekhov makes excellent use of symbolism in his play, The Cherry Orchard, published in 1903. This play uses the powerful symbol of a cherry orchard, generations old, to symbolize the concept of change and human progress, common visions humankind shared at the turn of the century.
Near the beginning of the play, the owners of an estate and cherry orchard in Russia return after having spent five years abroad in Paris. Upon their arrival, they begin to reminisce over everything, the nursery, the cherry orchard, a ...view middle of the document...

How each of the characters react and interact with the cherry orchard helps better reveal Checkhov’s theme. Each of the characters general attitudes and reactions can be categorized into three main groups: the nostalgic and emotional, the indifferent, and the pioneers of change. The main characters that fall into the first group include Mme. Ranevskaya, Gayev, and Varya. Each of these characters primarily displayed nostalgic attitudes. In response to Lopahin’s suggestion of building summer cottages, Mme. Ranevskaya responds, “Cut down? My dear, forgive me, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. If there’s one thing that’s interesting—indeed, remarkable—in the whole province, it’s precisely our cherry orchard” (Act 1). Although the cherry orchard is no longer economically profitable, the orchard holds a deeper meaning to these characters who lived here since their childhood. Because of her unwillingness to change to the times, she loses her estate, but she and the others in this category are not portrayed as total losers. They still have enough money to live in Paris for a while, and one could argue that they are better off than those who are indifferent. Those indifferent to the fate of the orchard include Firs, Anya, and most of the household servants. They appear unaffected and unchanged through the sale of the orchard. Firs was indifferent even when he was freed after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. He lived his life the same way regardless. As a result, he and the others like him lost nothing, and gained nothing of any significance. Firs’ last lines are “… They’ve forgotten me…. Never mind … Life has gone by as if I had never lived.… There’s no strength left in you, old fellow; nothing is left, nothing. Ah, you addlehead!” (Act 4).
In contrast to these two groups are the enthusiastic pioneers, including Lopahin and Trofimov, whom embrace change. Lopahin, although a peasant, was excited to discover and adopt new ideas. This is...

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