The Use of Language in the Cherry Orchard

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The Use of Language in the Cherry Orchard

Overview of Language in the play

The style of language in the Cherry Orchard is very useful in establishing the characters, their views and personalities and the overall period of the play. For example, Ranyevskaya and Gayev’s language is very dated showing their old-fashioned views and reluctance to change, whilst Trofimov’s language is more modern, showing his forward thinking. The servants speak in only a more colloquial style whereas the aristocrats speak in a more traditional and formal way, this highlights the very clear class divisions that exist both in the play and in the rest of Russia the this time. Anya’s style of speech changes throughout the play. At the beginning she speaks in quite a childish and very formal way to a more reflective and calmly modern style, which reflects the influence of Trofimov on her. Charlotta’s slightly indifferent and strange way of speaking defines her separation from the rest of the characters and her position as a minority.

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Text and Sub Text. 

A lot of what is conveyed to the audience is not contained within what is actually said but within the sub-text of both the speech and the stage directions. A good example of this is in Ranyevskaya’s attitude towards the Cherry Orchard. It is clear that Ranyevskaya has a great love of the Cherry Orchard, yet she refuses to talk about its fate, often changing the subject when Lopahkin attempts to bring it up. This shows the audience both her fear at losing yet another precious thing of hers as well as her very ...

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