The Cherry Orchard: Reality, Illusion, And Foolish Pride

Chandler Friedman
English 231
Dr. Clark Lemons

In the plays The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, A Doll's House by
Henrik Ibsen, and Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, the protagonists' mental beliefs
combine reality and illusion that both shape the plot of each respective story.
The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the
foolish pride that motivated their decision, leads to their personal downfall.

In The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, Gayev and Miss Ranevsky, along
with the majority of their family, refuse to believe that their estate is close
to bankruptcy. Instead of accepting the reality of their problem, they continue
to live their lives under the ...

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Lopakhin: As you know, your cherry orchard's being sold to pay your
debts. The auction is on the twenty second of August. But
there's no need to worry, my dear. You can sleep soundly.
There's a way out. Here's my plan. Listen carefully, please.
Your estate is only about twelve miles from town, and the
railway is not very far away. Now all you have to do is break
up your cherry orchard and the land along the river into
plots and lease them out for country cottages. You'll then have
an income of at least twenty-five thousand a year.
Gayev: I'm sorry, but what utter nonsense!
(Later in the Dialogue)
Mrs. Ranevsky: Cut down? My dear man, I'm very sorry but I don't
think you know what you're talking about....
Lopakhin: If we can't think of anything and if we can't come to any

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they don't exist.

The illusion that they used to run their lives became the source of
their downfall. Since they grasped at their illusion so tightly, in vain hopes
that it would replace reality, they failed to deal practically with their
problem, until it got to the point where they had to. They were kicked out onto
the street, and had all of their material things taken from them. The most
important thing they had -- their status -- was gone.

In A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, property and status are again
destined to be lost. The illusion is twisted. At the beginning of the play,
Nora leads a life under the illusion that everything was perfect. She lives for
eight years ...

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