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In the play "The Cherry Orchard," by Anton Checkov, and the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn,

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In the play "The Cherry Orchard," by Anton Checkov, and the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the main characters were faced with a change in their life that they had to either accept or deny. Madame Ranevsky, the main character in "The Cherry Orchard" decided to deny the change that she was faced with and to live her life as she always had. Ivan Denisovich, the main character of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel, adapted to his change to save his life. The situations in which the characters lived in influenced the way these two characters adapted to change. This essay will discuss the adaptations to change, the reasoning behind the Madame Ranevksy's decision to not accept the change in her life, and Ivan Denisovich's reasoning to why he had to adapt in order to live. During the play "The Cherry Orchard," Madame Ranevsky seemed to be in her own world. She did not want to accept the fact that her family was going through a social change and that they were now poor. Along with her refusal to accept the change, she also reacted to change by running away from everything. In the beginning of the play Madame Ranevsky was coming home from Paris where she was for five years.1 She went to Paris after her husband passed ...read more.

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And once she said yes, he continued to ask her throughout the play for more money. She was taken advantage of by other people and she did not accept the fact that she did not have any money to give away. She also gave a wayfarer gold saying, "I've no silver. No matter - here's gold for you."6 She seemed to think that it's not that big of a deal to give away gold. While Madame Ranevsky refused to accept her change in life, Ivan Denisovich in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was forced to accept his change. Being in a Soviet work camp in Siberia, he did not have the choice to refuse his change in life. He had to modify his way of living to that of the ways of the Soviet camp. He woke up "at reveille...that gave him an hour and a half to himself before the morning roll call."7 He knew what he could and could not do and he did whatever he could to benefit himself. He was considered a "special prisoner" and was given special jobs like scrubbing the warders' room. 8 Ivan Denisovich, also known as Shukhov, also knew how to get around trouble by avoiding the right people and knowing that he had to. ...read more.

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Both Madame Ranevsky and Ivan Denisovich had a change in their life that they had to change too. Madame Ranevsky's change dealt with her social status and her family being in debt while Ivan Desnisovich's change was life threatening. This could be why Ivan Denisovich changed his ways. If he did not, his life was threatened because of the work camp. If he did not learn the ways of the camp, he could have been killed. Madame Ranevsky's refusal of change was because she was so set in her ways of spending that she could not change. There was no person forcing her to change and threatening her life. She had the freewill to decide what she wanted to do while Ivan Denisovich had no freewill and had to go with the way things were in the camp. 1 Act I, scene I pg. 540 2 Act I, scene I pg. 542 3 Act I, scene I pg. 545 4 Act I, scene I pg. 545 5 Act I, scene I pg. 541 6 Act I, scene I pg. 553 7 pg. 1 8 pg. 9 9 pg. 14 10 pg. 26 11 pg. 59 12 pg. 61 13 pg. 63-64 14 pg. 66 15 pg. 75 16 pg. 76 ...read more.

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