Analysis Of Anton Chekhov 's The Cherry Orchards Essay

1342 Words Oct 19th, 2014 6 Pages
Throughout history human beings have witnessed dramatic changes within and between social classes. Each person is born into a particular social and cultural setting, but no one can maintain its ranking and supremacy forever. Over time, the movement between social classes has a direct effect on the transformation of the society. This social shift has caused old classes to disappear by yielding its place to the new emerging middle class. Setting in Russia at a time of political and social change, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchards portrays a historical event, the emancipation of the serfs in the form of comedy forty years after of the massive liberation. In the aftermath of the liberation, it’s clear to say that different characters address different outcomes between social change and social progress. While Liubov represents the dying aristocracy as the result of her inability to adapt to the new Russia, on the other hand, Lopakhin serves to represent the successfully emerging new middle class, a former peasant “who will soon be a millionaire” (868). Taking this class instability into account, I argue that change is inevitable since every class has to transform. It is vital to understand how characters like Liubov and Gayev have to be responsive and change with the times in order to prevent ending their lives in disaster. The emancipation of the serfs in 1861 signifies the inescapable social change that caused the Russia society to modify from being a country of lands…

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