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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

Lubov

Lubov doesn't do anything active to save the cherry orchard; she wrings her hands and waits. But she's the emotional center of the play. We feel her joy at the top of Act 1 and empathize with her grief at the end of Act 2.


Lopakhin

Lopakhin, on the other hand, is very active in the play. He's a source of energy in each act, and instigates the major plot upheaval, the sale of the orchard. If we believe the play is a comedy, Lopakhin is the hero. In dissolving the orchard, site of his past enslavement, he secures a happy ending.


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