scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 742
The Cherry Orchard The Misunderstood Comedy Essay When the first production of The Cherry Orchard was performed on stage in Moscow there was a significant difference of opinion between the author and directors Chekhov strongly faulted the directors interpretation that the play should be preformed as a tragedy and insisted that what he had written was a comedy The famous philosopher Aristotle defined a comedy as an imitation of characters of a lower type who are not bad in themselves but whose faults possess something ludicrous in them The misinterpretation of The Cherry Orchard could be mainly due to a misunderstanding of the comic character A comic character is generally supposed to keep an audience in fits of laughter but this does not always have to be so The sympathy and compassion the main characters in The Cherry Orchard bring out in the reader should not blind them to the fact that they are virtually comic characters For example what character could be more ludicrous then a typical patrician like Gayev whose main characteristics according to Chekhov were suavity and elegance turning to his sister and demanding that she should choose between him and a footman like Yasha And is not the fact that Gayev became a bank official ludicrous particularly since it is made quite clear to the reader that he would not be able to hold a job for even a month Not to mention the love affair of Lyubov ludicrous from its beginning to its tragic end In a letter to his wife Chekhov wrote that nothing but death could subdue a woman like that He also wrote that he saw Lyubov as tastefully but not gorgeously dressed intelligent very good natured absent minded friendly and gracious to everyone always a smile on her faceBloom 1999 Is this the outward appearance of a women who by the end of Act II has lost her life or in other words thrown
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA