Money often acts as source happiness, yet it may result sorrows. “The Cherry Orchard” presents a situation where the two main characters appear seemingly bound in bondage for the good and bad of money, and the way they use their treasures. Flights cover the whole usage of money and social crimes are not exception. The strength of money elates many people into deals that later prove not worthy the course. At the same time, money’s main motive includes investment, which presents the idea of taking risks that are worth (Carruthers 59). Ranevsky and Lopakhin in “The Cherry Orchard” relay the perfect comparison to how money can lead to both wellbeing of people and their downfall. The first feature of money is that it makes a person feel some sense of security in life. Many things occur to people, and they require steadfastness and persistence. However, these two qualities are not all that takes a person to rise to the very end. Money offers the ultimate security to people especially in times of trouble. Often, when people are in trouble measures to either eliminate the threat or run away from the same come in handy. For example, people hardly experience their desired lives in cases where they lack enough money to finance needs.
Ranevsky, in her first flight from Russia to Paris, appears to run away from memories of her past. She makes quantitatively many flights, and this shows that she has good endowment of money to save herself from any situations haunting her image. Five years before the present occurrences, he took similar flights to escape from deaths that were closely spaced, only separated by a month (Carruthers 59). The money helps her tackle life challenges. However, Lopakhin views the travelling nature of Ranevsky as an opportunity to turn her money into investments and goes ahead to provide all the information she would need to move forward.
People invest money; thus, making more returns. People who have enough money essentially pursue strategic ways for making it productive. The future being contingent, investments appear seemingly more reliable than other channels of money dumping in economical markets. However, risks surround investments, which highlight a twist to the idea of having access to money. When a person ventures into deals that promise higher returns, they surely acknowledge that possibility of higher risks faced increases. The Cherry Orchard presents the idea of investment through Lopakhin. His first ideal step manifests in the fact that he has many plans and nearly everything monetary occurs through him. He targets Ranevsky money for investment, launching many moves like informing her of the price of the champagne (Chekhov 105). The risks he faces in all the investments come from the failures of the past, mainly his peasant upbringing. All the same, he is a risk taker. He purchases the Cherry Orchard, which puts him under more risks with Ranevsky as he would end up as part of her family. However, he is persistent and focussed hence purchases the orchard anyway (Kleine, Schultz and Stacey 451).
Money is a test of character and emotional attachments. Lopakhin and Ranevsky have an attachment that runs beyond the deals that they hold together. Most people dwell more on the results they get from interactions with other people than the experience and comparisons drawn from those people. In The Cherry Orchard, interactions between people run beyond the results they get from them to the real benefits, both social and emotional that they derive from such interactions. When a person has money enough to move their lives forward, they expose their true character because they feel like nothing can stop them from their ultimate destiny. Two aspects of a person can never show at the same time. The acclimatise character of a person comes out when they have to adapt to some situation whereas the true character comes when they are in their comfort zones. In The Cherry Orchard, Ranevsky shows that she is kind even when she has money and she dwells in her comfort (Nettleton, Sarah, and Roger 463). Lopakhin shows an ambivalent attitude towards Ranevsky because he remembers that she is the member of the same noble families that oppressed their ancestors yet, in her own ways, she helps him so much. He remembers how she helped him come out of the peasant ways of life and brands her a ‘true warrior of kindnesses.
Money is the element that drives and asserts people to different classes in life. Many people have focused on the vicious circle of poverty to claim that the poor people have no chance to become noble and rich. Lopakhin nullifies the theory as he remembers how he grew up in peasant life, being harassed by his father persistently (Chekhov 103). Furthermore, he recalls how the landowners mishandled their ancestors. However, he never took it as a breakdown, but rather a step to his breakthrough. He worked hard, and makes plans along with Ranevsky at the same level since they are monetarily compatible (Reb and Terry 4).
Money enhances bonding and relationships, which may be good or bad. In most cases, people only relate with those they feel like in need of at some point. No room avails for people who are from lower classes to interact from the nobles except when such attempts come by the lower people (Dorsey 64). The picture of relationships in The Cherry Orchard proves transcendental as Lopakhin returns many favours he got from Ranevsky at early ages. When Lopakhin was young, minimal channels availed for him to interact with Ranevsky until he is old and well established when they can come up with deals together. Money, in most cases, has effects that may be positive or negative (Hemming 14). Depending on the circumstances of usage and interaction, people in possession of monetary deposits live in two worlds. Some of the people live noble lives, with little interference from people outside their circles of riches. However, most of them have double lives, portraying different characters when they get to different points.
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