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The Cherry Orchard Reality Illusion and Foolish Pride Chandler Friedman English 231 Dr Clark Lemons In the plays The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen and Galileo by Bertolt Brecht the protagonists mental beliefs combine reality and illusion that both 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 downfall In The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov 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 the final night they have in the house before it is auctioned they throw an extravagant party 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 so desperate that they need to compromise any of their dignity Lopakhin As you know your cherry orchards being sold to pay your debts The auction is on the twenty second of August But theres no need to worry my dear You can sleep soundly Theres a way out Heres my plan Listen carefully please Your estate is only about twelve miles from town and the
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