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The Cherry Orchard Critical Analysis The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov is about a Russian family that is unable to prevent its beloved estate from being sold in an auction due to financial problems The play has been dubbed a tragedy by many of its latter producers However Chekhov labeled his play a farce or more of a comedy Although this play has a very tragic backdrop of Russias casualty-ridden involvement in both World Wars and the Communist Revolution the characters and their situations suggest a light-hearted tone even though they struggle against the upcoming loss of the orchard Apathy and passivity plague the characters and contribute often to the comic side of things Sometimes however the passivity erupts the tragic flaws of the characters as they fail to save the estate Another theme of The Cherry Orchard is the thin line between reality and outer appearance between which the characters cannot distinguish Although indirect this confusion provides the play yet again with comedy On the contrary the confusion is also seen as another tragic flaw of the characters contributing to the downfall of the estate and its orchard Another theme Chekhov portrays is the effect of choice and free will In some surcumstances this is the ultimate form of tragedy depending on the outcome With this Chekhov succeeds in confusing tragedy and comedy in his final play The Cherry Orchard Chekhovs characters in The Cherry Orchard contribute greatly to the comedy The action takes place on a Russian estate belonging to Mrs Ranevsky There is a debate over finances and a wealthy businessman named Lopakhin whose father was a serf on the estate thinks of a way to solve the financial problems The family however seems to ignore the problem of losing the estate This is the first instance of comedy in that the family chooses to ignore the problems while a wealthy
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