The Cherry Orchard: Reality, Illusion, and Foolish Pride
Dr. Clark Lemons
In the plays The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, A Doll's House by
Henrik Ibsen, and Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, the protagonists' mental beliefs
combine reality and illusion that both shape the plot of each respective story.
The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the
foolish pride that motivated their decision, leads to their personal
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life he actually
led, he wouldn't have ended up as bitter or sad a person as he did.
Throughout each of these plays, the main character (or characters) faced
a reality that they cease to accept, and instead live in an illusion (except in
the case of Galileo, in which case the reverse is true). The refusal to accept
a reality or illusion led to the characters' fall in status and/or emotional