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Gooseberries Chekhov wants us to see the conflict between authority and freedom as portrayed by two characters Nikolai Ivanich and Ivan Ivanich They are siblings who have differences of values desires and personality Nikolai is a representative of authority while Ivan is a representative of freedom Nikolai is too obsessive with his definite desire of having his own estate As we see Nikolai keeps thinking all the time about obtaining country-dwelling he always reads advertisements of the sale of so many acres of arable and meadowland with residence attached a river an orchard a mill and ponds fed by springs and he also makes plans for his estate which show same featuresthe main residence the servants wing the kitchen-garden and gooseberry bushes Moreover he is so ambitious that he can do everything like living thriftily dressing like a beggar and saving up all money in the bank in order to succeed his dream His marriage with an ugly widow only to gain her money and not considering himself guilty of her death caused from his regime show his selfishness Nikolais purpose in yearning for the estate is to uplift his social status wanting to be a gentry as we see that he likes to act in the most ministerial manner he also repeats that we the gentry or speaking as a gentleman and seems to have quite forgotten that his grandfather was a peasant and his father a common soldier These express that he has aristocratic values and doesnt want to return to the state of poverty being the peasant as the time after his fathers death Besides his taking offence if the peasants dont call him Your Honour and his saying that I only have to lift my finger and the people will do whatever I want show his authoritative figure Ivan Ivanich is a romantic character he likes to live close to nature According to the belief of romantics nature is a resource
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