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Assignment on Dramatic Discussion
Essay on Dramatic Interpretation
Post your response of at least 150-200 words to the Discussion Area before the due date. Comment on at least two of your classmates’ submissions by the end of the week.
Read Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie before starting this project.
You have the option of discussing a character or the play’s setting. ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE SELECTED:
Option 1: Analyze a character in one or two well-developed paragraphs, detailing their behaviors, conflicts, and motivations. As evidence, include instances and at least one line from the play.
Option 2: Discuss some aspect of the setting (space, place, and time) and how it forms the background and establishes the atmosphere for the play in one or two well-developed paragraphs. Props can also be used in the setting. You may choose to concentrate on the significance of some of these stage aspects. Include examples and at least one line from the play in your response as evidence.
Character Refresher (Resource)
A play’s reader or viewer might learn a lot about a character in a variety of ways. Before you start writing your response, consider the following questions:
How do the words a character says give information about who he or she is in dialogue/monologue? Is there a distinct speech pattern in the character? Is the character’s language revealing of his or her emotional state? What can be learned about a character by listening to what others have to say about them?
What is revealed through the character’s behaviors (or lack thereof)?
What is revealed by the character’s placement on the stage, their movements, and their usage of props?
Relationships/interactions – What can be learned about a character from their interactions with other characters?
Is the character evolving and changing throughout the play, or is he or she static and unchanging? What is the character’s level of development or roundness?
Is this character the narrator of the story? Is he/she trustworthy or untrustworthy?
Setting Refresher (Resource)
Character difficulties can be symbolized through settings. A locked door, for example, could indicate an impediment in a character’s life. The environment can also limit or allow the characters’ actions at times.
The actual space in which the story is set might be referred to as the setting (confined or open, small or large, limited to one place or not).
The cultural and social milieu in which the tale is set, as well as the historical period in which the action takes place, can all be considered setting (time of day, year, era, or century).
Stage directives, such as lighting, music, and prop placement, can all be part of the setting.