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We dont see things as they are We see them as we are This quote by Anais Nin expresses an essential point of view for this discussion about the symbolic meaning of inanimate objects since it is our personality and our memories which determine our character and meaning Our feelings towards certain objects are individual as everyone associates different things in a different manner Insofar we see them as we are since they can mirror our past pains hopes and our ideals Thus they become more than just an object but a symbol for a certain part of someones feelings and life This is also the case in The Cherry Orchard objects as the nursery room the bookcase and the cherry orchard take on their own symbolic life They all share one thing in common each one reveals something of the characters personalities feelings and ideals These inanimate objects are a reflection of the characters inner states of being The meaning of these inanimate objects are changing analogously with the characters change of mood perspective and state of mind Thus one gets the impression that the objects are more like persons since it is only the characters life which makes and keeps them alive The nursery room may be for an outstanding person without any implicit significance but for Lopakhin and Liuba it is a symbol for their childhood background and past The nursery room reminds Lopakhin of his origins It makes him aware that he is just a peasent p334 no matter how rich he has become or how elegant he might be dressed his social background still remains visible for other people After all one cant make a silk purse out of a sows earp334 as his origins will be for good a part of his identity For Liuba the nursery room symbolizes her innocent childhood p347 Being in this room in which she used to sleep when she was little
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