The imagination of the reader, in its turn, contributes to the perception of the play. Here, if one can imagine those events as true, the play would have the intended effect. Therefore, imagining how the characters interact in the flow of the play is of high relevance to understand the intent and the task of the author, especially when considering the unsolved conflict at the end of the play, which gives the readers a chance to imagine their own development of
The minor characters side stories that weave dramatic irony throughout the play makes the story line all the more fascinating. Malvolio, who is Olivia’s attendant, has the meanest of tricks played on him, and the trick is made considerably more amusing due the nearness of emotional incongruity. The sensational incongruity is made when Malvolio gets a note sent in penmanship that has all the earmarks of being Olivia's. The gathering of people, in any case, realizes that the note was rather composed by Olivia's worker, yet Malvolio trusts it to be composed by Olivia herself. The note gives Malvolio particular directions to win Olivia's adoration, and is loaded with things that are abnormal for Malvolio.
In both plays The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing we experience deception as a major concept. In the first comedy deception in commonly used throughout the play. Disguise by changing clothes and behavior of characters creates confusions and twists the story line. All this deceptions in the play have specific motives and contribute to construct the dramatic irony, which is brilliantly incorporated in the comedic play. Since the beginning we see one of the main characters Lucentio using deception in order to be able to contact Bianca.
Through Albee’s portrayal of his characters language, gestures, and stage directions, he successfully develops their personalities and allows us to see their relationships with the other characters. His use of the “American Dream” theme further enables us to understand why characters behave in the way they do, and his intention of such behaviour. Looking at the passage from the play, Albee presents his characters very differently, with clear contrast in particular between the two marital couples. George and Martha, named after the Washington’s, serve as a symbol for the United States of America , and their relationship, through its many dysfunctions, brings to light the false projections of the American illusion of “perfect family life” and superficial fronts portrayed throughout the media during the 1950s. Honey and Nick on the other hand are representatives of this American dream portrayal, and seem to be trying to fulfil this false façade in a way that they make Martha and George’s relationship seem all the more abrupt and imperfect.
Art, artifice and identity is the theme explored through the use of the two chosen stimulus texts Grayson Perry: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl and The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Wendy Jones and Oscar Wilde respectively. Art and artifice merge as Grayson Perry uses his alter-ego, Claire, to express his creativity and identity. Similarly, the artifice of an alter-ego is part of The Importance of Being Earnest, as the play's protagonists, Jack and Algernon, deceive family and friends by lying about their identity to suit them best. The texts used to explore the theme are a review for the Guardian on the Grayson Perry memoir and an excerpt from Jack's diary set before the events in The Importance of Being Earnest where he
For Shakespeare’s plays to contain enduring ideas, it must illustrate concepts that still remain relevant today, in modern society. Shakespeare utilises his tragic play Othello, to make an important social commentary on the common gender stereotypes. During early modern England, Shakespeare had to comply to the strict social expectations where women were viewed as tools, platonic and mellow, and where men were displayed as masculine, powerful, tempered, violent and manipulative. As distinct as this context is to the 21st century, the play exposes how women were victimised by the men who hold primary power in the community in which they compelled women to conform to the ideal world of a perfect wife or confront an appalling destiny for challenging the system. Moreover, Shakespeare utilises the main antagonist, Iago, to portray how men are desperate to achieve what they want and to indirectly fulfil the stereotype of masculinity and power through manipulation.
This essay will explore the theme of truth and illusion in Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. It will examine the the ways in which the characters interact with each other in the realm of illusion by wearing conventional masks and engaging in merciless psychological games in order to escape their painful reality. In this sense, this essay illustrates how the characters are forced to play out their roles in a game-like environment as determined by societal norms and, in doing so, posits that their pathological behavior may stem from their unfulfilled personal and professional lives as a result of the societal pressure that promotes the American Dream. The entire play takes place in the living room of a middle aged couple, Martha and George, who live on the campus of a small university at New Carthage in New England where George is working as an Associate Professor in the History Department.
Oscar Wilde in The Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray introduces the reader to the idea of l’art pour l’art, however, the very picture of Dorian Gray is a reflection of Dorian’s sins; due to this and the ever-present idea of aestheticism in the novel, Dorian himself may be the art for the sake of art. Vanity Fair is introduced to the reader as a puppet play, a form of theatre art, and in this case, a critique of the aristocratic world. As in Wilde’s novel, we can say one of the central characters of Vanity Fair, Becky Sharp is an art piece, a daughter of a singer and a painter, eloquent, beautiful and venomous – she is the perfect reflection of schemes and ill morality that ‘vanity fair’ is.
Scene Analysis- The Importance of Being Earnest The novel “The importance of being Earnest” is an excellent read involving a lot of farce, portraying the characters in the book as frivolous and full of hypocrisy. The characters in the book tend to be extremely superficial and dumb. These characters focus on materialistic stuff and appearance, and also touch on very social (and mostly controversial) topics, such as marriage and health. The idea that these characters and their actions/words are larger than life (not realistic) is portrayed throughout the whole text, this essay will analyze specific quotes taken from a specific scene that demonstrate Wilde 's intentions with his representations of each character. There is satire, which is used to pinpoint the specific personality traits that give off how superficial these characters really are.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Lust for Our True Character The struggle to seem perfect on the outside is ever so present in today’s society. The desire to project an unrealistic version of ourselves, striving to mask our insecurities with layers of falsehood. The Victorian era is known for its beautiful women, art and architecture. Beneath the surface, it is all false portrayals full of pretend actions and untruthful ideas in order to uphold their aestheticism. Victorian authors used the idea of “destructive doppelgangers”, showing parallels in the contemporary culture of the falsity.