Chekhov's Cherry Orchard

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Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' is set in Russia at a time of great political and social change. Chekhov might be seen as giving us a portrait of a society at a particular and decisive moment in history. On the other hand, many critics believe the lasting value of Chekhov's work might be in what he writes about people that transcends an historical moment. What does the play illustrate about Chekhov's view of Russian society at the turn of the century? and what does the play tell us about Chekhov's own values? Who is given an approving treatment by Chekhov in this play? Liubov gets some good lines but is her self-indulgent posturing finally rejectet by Chekhov in favor of the plain speaking of Lopakhin? This page contains: 1. Natalia and Melanie talk about Feers 2. Critical Viewpoints Melanie and Natalias' Ideas about Feers We believe that Feers is a device used by Chekhov to illustrate the past and the traditional way of doing things. Full name: Feers Nikolayevich Age: 87 Occupation: A man-servant Description: A doddering, mumbling relic of the past who gives us flashes of insight into the traditions and the system of class in 19th century Russia. Good Quotes They knew how to do it then…they had a recipe. Forgotten, no one can remember it. The peasants belonged to the gentry, and the gentry belonged to the peasants, but now everything is separate, and you can’t understand anything. Feers: It was the same before the misfortune: the owl hooted and the samovar kept singing. Gayev: What misfortune? Feers: Before they gave us Freedom. Cool Ideas That We Had If Feers symbolizes the past, the fact that the other characters leave him behind at the end shows how each of Chekhov’s characters leaves the past behind when they leave the cherry orchard. They forgot about me. Feers represents the certainty and security of
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