The Pavilion Summary

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The play The Pavilion is a unique experience, one that at first starts of confusing to the audience, but fleshes out its theme more profoundly as the story continues. Each aspect of the play aims to drive the themes and messages towards the audience, and the playwright succeeds in doing so. The play is filled with humor, emotion, and imagery while being set in a universal situation. Despite the context of the play, the events and experiences of the characters allow the viewer to relate and apply to their life. In the end, one cannot help but ponder what may come next to the characters and whether or not they truly can live in the present.
The Pavilion upon further research appears to be taking place in the year 2000, or around the turn of
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It is very emotional, as the characters convey their anger, sadness, in the words they say or often scream. Often the word time is mentioned, which is used to represent the passage of time, or what has occurred, what is considered historically. Many of the character’s conversations talks about the past, whether it is memories that the characters are recalling, or a bizarre dream depicted a time when the Romans were still alive. One of the recurring ideas is actually introduced early on, in the beginning the narrator narrates by saying a specific speech, depicting how the creation of the universe undergoes. The narrator alludes to the speech when the characters meet, with they confront each other at the pavilion, and even Peter does his own take when he wishes for a reality where he can be with Kari. Each time deals with the theme of the play, but the connotation differs early on. It depicts the characters having the potential to live in the present, but being unable to until the very…show more content…
There often is not too many props scattered among the play, the curtains are changed or altered, and some items are used sparingly to differentiate characters. Overall I do not believe they hinder the play, but add to it as it doesn’t distract the audience and allows them to focus on the characters. The clothes of the two main characters doesn’t change, it is static as their deposition to their situation in life. The narrator herself undergoes the majority of the costume changes, but it is done to contrast the characters being played by the actress. At first it is a bit confusing, as the costume changes are often not evident, or even glaring. However as the play goes on it becomes more evident through the conversations, tones, and appearance of the narrator that she takes on different characters. Although the prevalent prop in the play is the pavilion itself, as often it can be seen as a shadow cast upon the curtains in the background. It seems likely that it is representative of time, as it often depicts the characters swinging upon it, a memory of what has gone and passed, as swinging is something associated with youth. When the characters confront themselves near it, it still deals with time, only they are not recalling the time that has passed, but the passage of time that is occurring. Peter’s interaction of the pavilion is to alter time, to reverse what has
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