Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines guilt as “the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law” (Merriam-Webster). In the novel Fifth Business by Robert Davies, he explores the topic of guilt. Published in 1970 (Goodreads), the book goes into detail of a man’s life story and how he finds the deeper meaning of life. One of the main messages of this novel is that a person’s life is dependent on how they make decisions and how they deal with the consequences of it. This message is shown in the novel through the character’s journey to search for the truth. Robert Davies shows how guilt affects a person through the adventures of Dunstan Ramsay, Boy Staunton, and Paul Dempster.
The mood created by the mise en scene in Arsenic and Old Lace is haunting. The mood of this is created through the graveyard scene in the window and the low, shady lighting of the candles and lamp. This mood is made in contrast to the comedic aspects of the play, emphasizing the play being a dark comedy. The major themes throughout this play are right vs. wrong, death, and family relations. The theme of right vs. wrong is made through Abby and Martha in their belief that they are “saving” the men through putting them out of their miseries as lonely old men. They believe that they are in the right versus Mortimer who believes that they are in the wrong. Abby, Martha, and Jonathan’s willingness to kill creates the theme of death, and with Abby
If there's nothing else, we’ll have to share our guilt”. Furthermore The Inspector creates at once an impression of ‘massiveness, solidity and purposefulness’. Through this, we can see the new delivery of the social justice. Priestley's intention of this is for the high class to realise and take responsibility of their own actions. The Inspector also has a courageous character, he dominates Mr. and Mrs.Birling who are used to controlling others and being obeyed. ‘Don't stammer and yammer at me again, man. I’m losing all patience with you people’- this comes as a shock to both the Birlings and the 1950’s audience: which the majority would be capitalists. This propose Priestly is utilizing the Inspector to show individuals that he couldn't care less about the social position that the Birlings hold, “Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges” and furthermore weaves a message to treat others with a similar warmth despite of their
Responsibility is defined as “something that you should do because it is morally right, [and] legally required” (www.merriam-webster.com). In “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, the theme of social responsibility is frequently used throughout the novel. Various characters in the book are conflicted with whether they should be socially responsible for the greater good of society. On the issue of social responsibility, Johnson C. Montgomery, author of “The Island Of Plenty,” states that: “As compassionate human beings we grieve for the condition of mankind, but our grief must not interfere with our perception of reality and our planning for a better future for those who will come after us……but the truth is often very simple and reality is inhumane”.
Responsibility often comes with the connotations of burden and sacrifice and most of the time, this is true. In The Wars, by Timothy Findley, the concept of responsibility is demonstrated in the character of Mrs. Ross whose duties as a wife and a mother may be viewed as cold, cruel, and purposefully isolating; the complete opposite of the archetype of a compassionate mother figure. However, like each unique individual in society, the way one responds and takes responsibility varies infinitely; Mrs. Ross attempts to dissociate from society when she feels she has not fulfilled her duties and responsibilities. However, her empathetic nature prevents her from completely isolating herself from all sentiment. Rather, she subconsciously internalizes the welfare and hardships faced by others while sacrificing her own well-being. Through the complex character of Mrs. Ross, Timothy Findley explores the selfless, and sometimes unconventional nature of responsibility, where individuals may attempt to isolate oneself from the burdens of responsibility but still feel obligated to affirm their roles through internalizing the welfare of others whilst depriving oneself if the duties are not fulfilled.
Priestly presents women as weak, emotional and irresponsible throughout the entire play by using Sheila to show the 'pink and intimate' safety bubble and facade which her family lives in. The emotional side of Shelia is shown when she recognises the
J.B Priestly wrote ‘An Inspector Calls’ in 1945, the last year of World War 2 but sets it in 1912 a time of inequality where upper and lower class was distinguished and treated differently within society and where a big gap existed among poor and rich people. The play introduces us to the theme of social inequality and social responsibility displaying the fact that trade unions were very weak, workers had few rights, wages were very low and many other injustices where made specially towards women; they were treated very differently then men and they were looked on as less important in society.
First and foremost, the entire play mainly deals with issues of sexual abuse, race, religion, relations of power and gender. Also, the main theme that is underlined by the playwright of Doubt: A Parable is the abuse of the power. Shanley suggested an up-to-date topic, considering several scandals about the Catholic Church’s priests who had had sexual relations with young parishioners. This play with no proofs and it ends with an open-ended. Although in the play Sister Aloysius and Sister James try to judge whether the priest –
Mr. Burns presents a unique take on the field of acting. During the first act, there was a closed off and often quiet tone to the play. The characters are all spaced out and separated even as their common conversation is being given. The only time they come closer together figuratively and literally is when they’re feeling threatened. When the characters first meet Gibson they all stick together in the face of danger and quite literally watch each other’s back. There is one character who keeps her space from the rest of the group and is really reserved. It is revealed later when the group asks Gibson the names on their lists that she has lost her daughter. It from that point becomes clear that she is suffering a deep emotional pain. This
My 1920’s mobster setting for Macbeth is based on my interest in the time period and the mobsters that ruled the cities and applies to the theme of power and control that is portrayed in Macbeth.
The setting depicted elements of nature by using lights and water to create a calm, conscious atmosphere. The play began with rain sounds in the background, leading up to actual rain pouring onto the stage during the shrine and the funeral scenes. The lights gave off blue overtones in almost every scene. In the scene with Scottie and Bernadette, the blue lights contrasted with orange lights to give the audience a perspective of the sunset that Scottie viewed every day. The lights, subtle music, and rain helped me make sense of the setting and feel like I was a part of the show.
Before climbing to fame in the film industry, Tim Burton was a filming reject who was dropped by Walt Disney for his unique style which included dark elements. As a young boy, Tim found inspiration in Dr. Seuss’s playful and innocent imagination. However, later on in life Tim became inspired by Roald Dahl, Edgar Allan Poe, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In result, his films became characterized by their dark twists on children’s stories and their grotesque sensibility. These characterizations are clearly shown in some of his more popular works: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish. In all three films, Tim Burton’s use of Flashback, Music, and Lighting help viewers form connections and establish a
Act 1: The play starts with someone in the bathroom, which someone is Betty Paris. Betty Paris is ill, and later she is found dancing in the woods with the girls and Tituba. People or the whole citizen are becoming scared because their might be witchcraft around. Paris asks Hale to search for witchcraft, he later asks Abigail who's the leader among the girl group because of what happen in the forest. Tituba later confesses to witchcraft that Paris is going to whip her until she dies, the way she got out of the problem is that, she accused Sarah Good and Goody Osborne. Now she just goes to prison. Abigail and Betty take Titubas words and accuse every women in town.
he plot is framed by Blanche’s arrival in the first scene and her departure in the eleventh scene. The play has only one plot with no sub-plot. A Streetcar Named Desire presents us with two stories: the growing conflict between Stanley and Blanche, and the gradual crumbling of Blanche’s sanity. The play is presented chronologically, from Blanche’s arrival at Elysian Fields in May to her departure for the mental asylum in September. Blanche is the only character who appears in every scene and this enable the audience to witness all her actions and emotions, and become privy to her secrets. The chronological structure also makes the audience aware of Blanche’s spiral into a destruction which is tragic and inevitable. The plot of the play is advanced
Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden” is a work of drama that aims to provide a social commentary on the social after effects of a post dictatorial regime. Dealing with gender roles, the ambiguity of the truth, and the role of justice - Dorfman provides an outlet for victims of war crimes to question their own experiences, as well as forcing an entire society to ponder questions that seem unanswerable. Through the use of the motif of light, contrasting scene choice and an important final dialogue, Dorfman creates a moving work that leads the spectator to wonder: viewing Paulina as a victim of a patriarchal society, do her strifes and emotional conviction make us more or less sure of the authenticity of her accusations?