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Reality Illusion and Foolish PrideIn the play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov set in Mrs Ranevskys estate and A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen set in Helmers flat the protagonists shape the story In both plays the protagonists mental beliefs combine reality and illusions that shape the plot of each respective story The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion along with the foolish pride that motivated their decision leads to their personal downfallIn the Cherry Orchard by AntonChekhov Gayev and Miss Ranevsky along with the majority of their family refuse to believe that their estate is close to bankruptcy Instead of accepting the reality of their problem they continue to live their lives under the illusion that they are doing well financially The family continues with its frivolous ways until there is no money left One specific example of this is when the family throws an extravagant party on the final night before the house is auctioned off laughing in the face of impending financial ruin Even when Lopakhin attempts to rescue the family with ideas that could lead to some of the estate being retained they dismiss his ideas under the illusion that the situation is not that desperate that they need to compromise any of their dignityThe inability on the behalf of the family to realize the seriousness of their situation is seen in the passage between Lopakhin Gayev and Mrs Ranevsky Lopakhin As you know your cherry orchards being sold to pay your debts The Auctions on the twenty-second of August Heres my plan All you have to do is break up your cheery orchard and the land along the river into building plots and lease them out for country cottages Youll have an income of at least twenty- five thousand a yearGayev Im sorry but what utter nonsenseMrs Ranevsky Cut down My dear man Im very sorry but I
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