Reviewed Performance 4/11/17 Reviewed by Ashley Lewis- Video tapped performance at the Booth Theatre from 1/28-2/2/2003 "Cast" Mrs. Gibbs-Jayne Atkinson Lady in the Box- Wendy Barrie-Wilson Man in the Auditorism: Reathel Bean Professor Willard: John Braden Joe Stoddard: Tom Brennan Baseball Players: Kieran Campion, Patch Darragh Dr. Gibs: Frank Converse Mrs. Webb: Jae Curtin Mr. Webb: Jeffrey Demunn Wally Webb: Conor Donovan George Gibbs: Ben Fox Rebecca Gibbs: Kristen Hahn Sam Craig: Carter Jackson Emily Webb: Maggie Lacey Constable Warren: Stephen Mendillo Stage Manager: Paul Newman Thornton Wilder’s Our Town shows a minimal and simple style that reflects an American community during the depression time. The play shows different themes that
Throughout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters have differing views on the topic of the American Dream, some including Nick Carraway, James Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. They range in views of a dream revolved around money and pride, and a life full of love and success. Yet, it is not possible for every single person to achieve what they want in life. The American Dream is achievable if determination and passion is loaded into the efforts, but not everybody can reach it if it lies too far away and the person doesn’t feel like pursuing it. As this novel was set in the 1920s, it was not as normal to run after what you wanted, and to break the social norms.
“Bad Blood”, by Will Weaver, is a short story about a teenager named Jared. Jared is from a family of thieves and con artists. His family has now settled in a rustic Ohio town where people still leave their house and car windows open. Jared meets an elderly woman by the name of Mrs. Anderson, whose lawn he soon mows under the claim of “Boy Scout Service”. However, his real intentions are to manipulate her and steal her money and possessions.
In What’s eating Gilbert Grape, Becky, who is one of the main characters in the story, is a glamorous young woman with a brown short hair. She is hopeful for her life and brave to face the problems in every day. That’s because of her strong personality. And she is also friendly and optimistic to people. Her optimism gives Gilbert who is her partner relief and hope in the film.
Where Are You Going Rudyard Kipling once said that “[if] history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Many authors leave an impressive impact on the world through their works of fiction, but when an author can craft a fiction story that contains truth, it is a work of genius. This method allows people to retain the knowledge easier, and allows the impact to be lasting. This is just what Joyce Carol Oates did in her short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by using parallelism, allegories, and symbolism. Joyce lived a modest life with her parents and two siblings in Lockport New York.
The Ill Effects of Competing Demands Most individual’s emotional health directly affects their ability to maintain a high quality of life. Gilbert Grape experienced this rippling effect in the movie, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? The moment the viewer was introduced to Gilbert, it became obvious that his demanding feelings of guilt and shame towards dysfunctional family overwhelmed him with conflict. Instead of searching out for support and solace from his loved ones, he withdrew himself emotionally and proceeded to try to handle his competing demands alone. Gilbert’s reaction to his conflict created a rift between him and his loved ones.
The American Dream, as portrayed in the Great Gatsby, was the idea that one can achieve prosperity through hard work withal of their social class. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is an indirect satire of the American dream. The death of the American Dream is depicted through the characters in the novel.
The American Dream The American Dream for most people is the state of eternal happiness and fulfillment. For Jay Gatsby, the American Dream is all about gaining wealth and tangible possession in an effort to uncover happiness – Daisy. Daisy was Gatsby’s fuel for genuine happiness in his life, and he wanted her in it. She already loved the wealthy life and was even captivated by it.
The American Dream is this idea that every American has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Each citizen is had earned to live a happy life in America. In the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, it is stated that the American Dream is non-existent. Many may think it is there an American Dream, however, it is just an idea that has never been conceived. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the American Dream is present; however it is very hard for one to achieve.
Throughout history, people have always sought to fulfill the American Dream. The American Dream is like a ladder; no matter where you start, you can always climb to the top. However, in The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men, the idea is presented that the ladder is seemingly never ending, never reaching the top. All begin to climb, but few are able to make it to the top and live the American Dream. In their respective novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck show how lives are shaped by the futility but necessity of the pursuit of the American Dream and its major goal, wealth and prosperity.