Reconstructions of Class Conflicts In both Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard and Inge’s Picnic, there are underlying themes linked to class relations and personal, emotional relationships. The themes of class struggle act to underline the drama in each play because of the fact that, in both settings, there are broader social changes taking place which have effects on characterization and plot. Although the plays are set decades apart and in communities thousands of miles away from each other, there is a common human experience being examined. In both plays, the idea of love as unaffected by class, money and social development is explored in a substantial way. This essay will look at the relationships between Hal and Madge in Inge’s Picnic, and...The end:
.....the Revolution is illustrating what some families were dealing with as the old guard of rich families no longer had power over not only money, but the way that the social order was organized. At the same time, Inge was exploring the aftermath of the Depression and second World War in small-town America, where the path towards wealth was no longer as easily defined as it had been in the past, and new socialist cultures were being examined in many areas of the country. In this way both of these couples served to illustrate the changes which were taking place. Their love showed how the status quo could be challenged. References Chekov, A. The Cherry Orchard, trans. Julius West. New York: Penguin, 2008. Inge, W. Picnic. New York: Players, 1953.