The Cherry Orchard is a play by Anton Chekhov that was first published in 1904.


See a complete list of the characters in The Cherry Orchard and in-depth analysis of Lyuba Ranevsky, Yermolay Lopakhin, and Peter Trofimov.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the the major themes, motifs, and symbols in The Cherry Orchard, as well as a discussion of its "genre blending."


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Read three brief essays on the play: the question of why Chekhov would stage some of the play's most dramatic events outside its confines, a discussion of how the characters react to the drunkard near the end of Act Two, and the the use of pauses in the play; as well as suggested essay questions for The Cherry Orchard.

Further Study

Expand your study with a background esssay on Anton Chekhov and the play and a list of outside readings about The Cherry Orchard.