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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard


by Anton Chekhov

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875), "The Magdalen" (3.72). This poem is about a woman living in sin.

Historical References

  • The Emancipation of the Serfs (2.79). In 1861 Alexander II freed the serfs on private Russian estates.

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