«The Cherry Orchard»

The Motive of Absentmindedness and the Parisian Theme in A. P. Chekhov’s Comedy «The Cherry Orchard»

The rich motive of absentmindedness that pervades the last comedy by A. P. Chekhov «The Cherry Orchard» is regarded in this article from the perspective of the Parisian theme forbidden in the household and closely related to innermost passionate anxieties of Lyubov Andreevna Ranevskaya.

A Young Footman in A. P. Chekhov’s Comedy «The Cherry Orchard»

A viewpoint is presented that Chekhov’s comedy may be considered as a polyphonic (in the musicological understanding of the term) reunion of melodic voices of different characters with whom the voice (self-awareness, behavior, squeamish and sneering attitude to other people) of the young footman Yasha is conspicuously and ominously discordant.