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A Study of Similarities in the Purposes of Esteban Garcia and Yermolay Lopakhin.

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Paanii Ansah-Kofi December 2003 World Literature Essay: A Study of Similarities in the Purposes of Esteban Garcia and Yermolay Lopakhin These two characters exist in separate world literature books, one of which is in the novel The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende and the other in the play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. They are characters who in my opinion have been given roles in both stories, which could be linked together on several similarities that they share. While they have no predominant roles in the course of either book, they have purposes which are unlike those of other leading characters with whom the readers empathize on a higher level. One could find that Garcia and Lopakhin are quite comparable then because of how they have been modeled by the authors to do things to similar causes and effects. When we look at where these characters started, it seems they had a childhood of poverty and neglect as peasants under what resembled a feudal system. Both of them started out in the low class, presumably already working for landowners at an early age. It seems there is a clear similarity in their initial circumstances, and how they, as adults, attempt to defy the slim chances that these circumstances gave them. ...read more.

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While he has this hatred for Trueba he is one to strive to gain his acceptance as a child and so this also hints at love-hate feelings towards him as well. Based on what we find out about both characters' past, we can be sure that their hard-working natures reflect their hunger for some kind of retribution. We perceive Lopakhin to be a very hardworking, business-minded man with concrete goals and intentions. Also, the reader not only senses that he is very aware of his past because he always refers back to it, but can also be certain that it has made a heavy impact on him. Towards the end of the play it is clear that he achieves a personal goal of redeeming himself and his misfortunate ancestors, so to speak, through the action of buying the cherry orchard: "The most beautiful thing in the entire world! I have bought the estate where my father and grandfather were slaves, where they weren't allowed even into the kitchens." (Lopakhin in Act Three) Garcia's behavior can be similarly explained. He can be described as being determined to have revenge and keen to have a change of the political scene and finally be acknowledged. ...read more.

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In the two books, The House of the Spirits and The Cherry Orchard, there is at least an underlying theme of political change. In one we have the rise of the working class in Latin America, and in the other there is the eradication of serfdom in Russia. In the course of the stories, Garcia and Lopakhin signify these themes in similar ways. Coming from a past of poverty and ineptness both characters rise to take control or have authority over their former oppressors in a complete change of roles in their society. In the span of the stories, both characters have significance in marking the bitter end of a dying capitalist rule. They do, however, actively seize the opportunity of change (which in connected to the themes). Garcia seems to want the change because he thinks he deserves it, and Lopakhin because he wants to establish himself. In any case they are particularly determined to do what is in their power to have things change their way. What they do, in both books, signify the central theme of a political change that means, for their people, an ironical change of fate for the social classes. A Study of Similarities in the Purposes of Esteban Garcia and Yermolay Lopakhin By Paanii Ansah-Kofi 1 Paanii Ansah-Kofi 12A 5/8/2007 Candidate No.: D 0114 006 ...read more.

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