Anton Chekhov Essay

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“Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning” (Good Reads”). Through his extensive life of knowledge and perseverance, Anton Chekhov is not only considered one of the most recognized Russian playwrights, but also the master of the modern short story. He is a literary genius who hides secret motives within his characters. In his literature, Chekhov describes Russian life during the time period he grew up in. Towards the later years in his life, Chekhov stopped producing short stories and stressed a greater importance on drama. His last two plays, The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters, were both written for the Moscow Art Theatre (“Britannica”). In the play The Three ...view middle of the document...

She quickly forgets about Epikhodov and rushes towards Yasha’s side. Anton Chekhov’s way of writing about the theme of love is impeccable. Love can turn into a fearless and confusing thing, and Chekhov demonstrates this theme flawlessly in not only The Cherry Orchard, but also The Three Sisters.
The love shown in The Three Sisters is similar to the theme in The Cherry Orchard, but represented in a different way. In The Three Sisters, one main love is represented: the love of the three sisters. This love between their family gives them the strength of hope. It gives them courage that they can carry on; no matter what obstacles the world throws at them. Another form of romance is also written about in The Three Sisters. Two different men desire one of the sisters, Irina. She is confused by what she wants out of her life, and is worried about what decision to make. In the end, she marries Tusenbach, even though she does not love him. Because of this decision of marriage, Solyony, a man also in love with Irina, challenges Tusenbach to a duel and kills him. The plot of The Three Sisters is full of unfortunate events. In these two plays, it is not only difficult for the characters to act upon their love and decide who they want to be with, but also helps give them the strength they need to carry on. As similar as the theme of love is within these two plots, reminiscing on the past is also both represented in these plays.
Memory of the past is a theme represented in both The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters. The characters in The Cherry Orchard spend a lot of time reflecting on their earlier life. There is a lot of change present in The Cherry Orchard. The Ranevskaya family is trying to save their family cherry orchard from being sold due to debt. Because of these characters having to alter to a new life, there is a lot of time spent reminiscing about how the present compares to the past. The cherry orchard represents a sense of life to the Ranevskaya family. The characters have grown up with it, and the family wishes more than anything for it to be saved. When the orchard is eventually sold, the family experiences regret. They are longing for closure, and the way they do this is by remembering the memories they have shared with the orchard from the past. While looking out at the orchard, Lubov Ranevskaya reflects on the past. “Oh, my childhood, days of my innocence! In this nursery I used to sleep; I used to look out from here into the orchard. Happiness used to wake with me every morning, and then it was just as it is now; nothing has changed” (“The Cherry Orchard” 1.162). Lubov has to understand that times have changed, and his life will never return to how it was from his childhood. Memory of the past is a major theme in The Cherry Orchard, but it is also demonstrated in The Three Sisters.
In The Three Sisters, the Prozorov family longs to return to their previous life befor their father’s death. Eleven years ago from the start of the play,...

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