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Chekhov `The Cherry Orchard`

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english literature, literature and language

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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov ‘s magnum opus of the 4 great plays which he has written , this is the one which comes closest to universality as well as to generalizations which embrace all men . The Cherry Orchard is a far less sombre play–it is a laughable , regrettable chaos , it was written , with daring effort , by a dying man . Conceivably it should be deemed something between an ordinary play , and [banner_entry_middle]

a ballet for instance Petroushka . In normal drama there is generally a significant unity of action however , very often , little unity of acting . In The Cherry Orchard the unity of action is for the most part lost in a diversity of themes its real unity lies in the union of its actors to make a effect of combined tears and laughter . However there is as well a propensity in drama for attention to be concentrated on the actor speaking at a given moment , whereas the others eagerly wait their turns to speak while in ballet the dancers dance simultaneously . At all events there are scenes of cautiously studied confusion in The Cherry Orchard which reminds of the crowd-scenes in a ballet like Petroushka Nowhere else in Chekhov ‘s major plays is there such a whirl of boisterous humor and ludicrous absurdity (Ed Menta , 1997

Although it reflects striking aspects of the Russian soul it as well contains aspects of feelings and thoughts which are relevant to all mankind . The Cherry Orchard is born from silence , it is a huge pantomime recounting in the course of two hours and being decorated every now and then with bursts of poetry in the similar way as a necklace is livened up here and there with beautiful jewels . It is a setting of concise retorts which frame a very unusual silence . The Cherry Orchard flows gradually like life it is a sort of pure spring in which one hears the murmur of souls . Only some plays can give such a physical impression of the passing of time this effect is attained through the fact that starting from silence , the play reproduces most intensely the present and the theatre is primarily the art of the present . In life the present is what is most difficult to get hold of . Consequently it is not surprising that The Cherry Orchard ought to be a play very difficult to grasp its action occurs in silences , and the dialogues , with the poetic outbursts which shine like jewels , are like music merely meant to make silence vibrate : silence struggles with time which in front of us or behind our backs constantly transforms the future into past and memory It is a play regarding the passing of time thus whether the characters are Russian or Japanese does not matter . Similar to some plays of Shakespeare and Moliire it is a play which has universal value and which belongs to all mankind… [banner_entry_footer]

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