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The Cherry Orchard The Misunderstood Comedy When the very first generation of The Cherry Orchard was performed on stage in Moscow, there was a significant difference of opinion between the writer and directors. Chekhov strongly faulted the directors interpretation that the play ought to be preformed as a tragedy and insisted that what he'd written was a humor. The famous philosopher Aristotle defined a humor as "an imitation of characters of a lower class who are not bad in themselves but whose flaws possess something ludicrous in them." The misinterpretation of The Cherry Orchard may be mainly due to a misunderstanding of the comic character. A "comic" character is usually supposed to maintain an audience in fits of laughter, but this does not always have to be so. The sympathy and compassion the main character at The Cherry Orchard bring out from the reader shouldn't blind them to the fact they're virtually comic characters. For instance what personality could be more ludicrous then a "typical" patrician such as Gayev,whose chief characteristics based on Chekhov were "suavity and sophistication," turning to his sister and demanding that she should pick between him and a footman like Yasha? And isn't the fact that Gayev became a "bank official" ludicrous, particularly since it's made quite apparent to the reader that he wouldn't be able to hold a job for even a month? Not to mention that the love aff...