The Cherry Orchard By Anton Chekov

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“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” As demonstrated by this quotation from Vince Lombardi, a reflection of our worth derives from the effort we put forward. Stories of successful citizens rising from the unknown to fame, or poverty to wealth shows the “common man” that if they desire a similar outcome, there exists a possibility of attaining a higher social status. Occasionally, as depicted in the play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov, instances where honest means to attain fortune occasionally arise. By utilizing dialogue and direction, action, and images, he makes clear the dishonest motives of the character Lopakhin, especially within the third act. In order to obtain a new status within society, Lopakhin creates chaos in order to ensure his future differs from his past, while controlling the destiny of those who indirectly oppressed him through the development of a motive and acting on his personal desires with no regard for the people around him. Without an initial conversation regarding development, there exists no possibility for change. David Ball, the author of Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays mentions, “Talking is drama’s most common activity.” (Ball 27) then proceeds to question the statement to continue his point by asking, “What is it about talking that connects it to recognizable human behavior?” resulting in his answer of “A human being talks in order to get what he or she wants.” (27). Within a play,
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