This Play has been written by the famous Russian Playwright Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard is a play which deals with the lives of people living in Russia. The main theme of the play is preoccupied with Liberation of the serfs. The activity covers the period of five or a half year.The opening of the play is set in the month of May, in the Cherry Orchard ; companions, neighbors, and workers are getting ready for the hotly anticipated return of Madame Ranevsky, the owner of the house, and her daughter Anya. Madame Ranevsky has two girls. She had abandoned this Cherry Orchard five years ago after the death of her husband and son. She is currently coming back from France, where her oppressive sweetheart had looted and deserted her. She has gathered incredible obligations during her stay at France. Lopakhin is her neighbor who starts by recounting to the tale of his own prosperity: brought into the world a serf, he has figured out how to make himself a fortune. Another previous serf, Firs, prepares the house during Lopakhin’s addresses. Firs have kept up a similar post, in spite of the Liberation. Dunyasha, the servant, admits a potential bonding between her and Ephikhodof, a young clerk. At last, Madame Ranevsky returns. Her loved ones are thrilled to see her. Act I presents numerous subplots: an affair between Trophimof, who was the tutor of the dead son of Madame Ranevsky and Anya, another affair between her sister Barbara and the self made man Lopakhin, an affection triangle between Dunyasha, Yasha who is another servant of Madame Ranevsky and Ephikhodof, the obligation of the neighbor Pishtchik, the class battles of Lopakhin and Firs, the seclusion of Charlotte, and so forth. The principle interest of the play, be that as it may, depends on Madame Ranevsky’s obligation. Neither she nor Gayef her brother has any money or material prosperity to pay the home loan. If the loan will not be paid on time the state will be sold in August.
Lopakhin recommends that Madame Ranevsky should construct manors on the bequest. She can cut the Cherry Orchard and rent the left plot to pay the home loan. Madame Ranevsky and Gayef are not willing to cut the Cherry Orchard, and want to work something out all alone. In any case, as spring goes into summer, Madame Ranevsky just gets herself more in the debt, with not a single answer to be found. Abnormal sentiments among Anya and Trophimof and Dunyasha and Yasha proceed, while nothing constructive comes out of the affairs of Lopakhin and Barbara and Dunyasha and Ephikhodof. Firs’ wellbeing is declining. Madame Ranevsky is accepting letters from her sweetheart, and Gayef starts to think about a vocation at a bank. Pishtchik takes out credits from Madame Ranevsky, whose possess reserves are lessening ceaselessly to nothing.
The evening of the closeout, no arrangement has shown up. Madame Ranevsky holds a ball. Charlotte who is Anya’s governess is busy in the arrangements of the party, visitors and workers come to attend them. Madame Ranevsky and Trophimof have a genuine discussion about Madame Ranevsky’s luxury; in addition to the fact that she continues to add to obligations, however she is presently thinking about going back to her oppressive darling in France. Madame Ranevsky is apprehensive about the result of the auction; she is yet thinking for a supernatural occurrence.
Finally Gayef and Lopakhin return from the auction: Lopakhin has purchased the cherry plantation. Barbara is angry, and Madame Ranevsky is crushed. Lopakhin, be that as it may, can’t conceal his joy: he has purchased the home where his family lived as serfs. Amusingly, he urges the gathering to proceed, despite the fact that the hosts are no longer in the disposition to celebrate.
Act IV shows Madame Ranevsky leaving the cherry plantation once and for all. Lopakhin has purchased champagne, however nobody aside from the snobbish Yasha will drink it. Lopakhin and Trophimof share a delicate goodbye: Trophimof will come back to the college. Charlotte is tormented to find that she never again has any position; Ephikhodof has another situation with Lopakhin. Pishtchik has options left to take care of a portion of his obligations. Gayef finds a suitable job at a bank, Barbara a situation as a maid, and Yasha will remain on with Madame Ranevsky, who is coming back to France. It seems that Firs has been sent for treatment at a clinic. Lopakhin botches his last opportunity with Barbara, and Dunyasha cries that Yasha is leaving.
Madame Ranevsky and Gayef share a nostalgic minute alone before leaving on a moderately idealistic note. In the last minute, we hear sounds of chopping down the plantation, and Firs is still present in the house, overlooked, secured in the house. He rests to rest and apparently bites the dust to meet his death.
Serfs were liberated in 1861 in Russia. It brought a justice to serfs and they started working for their own development. Their occurred a social change by shifting of powers from aristocracy to poor class. The characters are sympathetic in almost all the plays of Anton Chekhov. Characters like Madame Ranevsky represent the upper strata of the society. Although she understands that she has no money left to pay the home loan yet she lives a lavish life. It shows her inactivity to do any work. She has been to this life and now she finds herself unable to face the challenges of the life. In this respect Chekhov has portrayed a sense of realism in this play.