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The Cherry Orchard: Introduction
The Cherry Orchard: Plot Summary
The Cherry Orchard: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Cherry Orchard: Themes
The Cherry Orchard: Quotes
The Cherry Orchard: Characters
The Cherry Orchard: Symbols
The Cherry Orchard: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Anton Chekhov
Historical Context of The Cherry Orchard
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- Full Title: The Cherry Orchard
- When Written: Early 1900s
- Where Written: Yalta
- Literary Period: Early modernist
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: A large estate in the Russian countryside
- Climax: Lopakhin, the once-impoverished son of peasants who has come to be a very rich man in his adulthood, reveals that he has purchased the estate of Madame Ranevsky out from under her at a local auction.
- Antagonist: Social change; revolution; the death of the aristocracy
Extra Credit for The Cherry Orchard
Comedy Tonight? Though Chekhov composed The Cherry Orchard with the intent that it would be performed as a comedy and a satirical look at the death of the aristocracy, Stanislavski’s version of the piece was intensely dramatic and presented as a full-on tragedy. Chekhov was infuriated and confused, and wrote in letters to several friends that the famous director had “ruined” his play. Nevertheless, the production was a huge success, and the play went on to be performed throughout Russia to great acclaim.