"The Cherry Orchard: A Comedy in Four Acts"
By Anton Chekhov
W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1977
The Orchard that Is Lost
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov is a very good play. However, I dislike how the ending is sad. It occurs during the early years of the 1900s in Russia in the estate of Mrs. Ranevsky. Mrs. Ranevsky loves her cherry orchard because it brings back memories of her whole life. However, Lopakhin, a merchant, buys the orchard because it reminds of his terrible childhood. I dislike Lopakhin because he buys the estate that Lyuba owns at an auction even though he is friends with Lyuba Ranevsky. However, I find the cherry orchard interesting because it is of great size, yet it cannot support the Ranevsky family.
Lyuba returns to her estate from Paris with Anya, her daughter. Varya, the adopted daughter of Lyuba, realizes that Lyuba spends money continuously while they are in poverty.
Varya also states that the estate is going to be sold at an auction. Anya goes to bed, and Lopakhin talks about the cherry orchard. He advises them to cut down the orchard and build summer cottages for people to live. Lyuba, Lopakhin, Varya and Anya debate about making summer cottages out of the cherry orchard. Gaev, Lyuba's brother, goes with Lopakhin to the auction. Later, a drunkard begs for money and Lyuba gives it to him, despite the family's poverty. Many are disgusted by this action and leave. Lyuba worries why Gaev has not returned from the auction. Soon, Lopakhin returns and he now owns the orchard and plans on destroying it and wants to build cottages. At last, Lopakhin starts tearing down the trees. Everyone is now departing. Gaev is going to live in the town after taking...