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The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov

In "The Cherry Orchard" Mme. Ranevsky can be saved from ruin if she will only consent to a perfectly simple step-the sale of an estate. She cannot do this, is ruined, and thrown out into the unsympathetic world. Chekhov is the dramatist, not of action, but of inaction. The tragedy of inaction is as overwhelming, when we understand it, as the tragedy of an Othello, or a Lear, crushed by the wickedness of others. The former is being enacted daily, but we do not stage it, we do not know how. But who shall deny that the base of almost all human unhappiness is just this inaction, manifesting itself in slovenliness of thought and execution, education, and ideal?

The Russian, painfully conscious of his own weakness, has accepted this point of view, and regards "The Cherry Orchard" as its master-study in dramatic form. They speak of the palpitating hush which fell upon the audience of the Moscow Art Theatre after the first fall of the curtain at the first performance-a hush so intense as to make Chekhov's friends undergo the initial emotions of assisting at a vast theatrical failure. But the silence ryes almost a sob, to be followed, when overcome, by an epic applause. And, a few months later, Chekhov died.

- Julius West about "The Cherry Orchard" written by Anton Chekhov

Book Details

  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: Jan 19th, 2020
  • Pages: 66
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.51in - 0.16in - 0.21lb
  • EAN: 9798601371551
  • Categories: Russian & Former Soviet UnionDysfunctional FamiliesSociology - General