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  • Imagery Of Fog In The Play
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    Long Days Journey: The Significance of Fog (8) A Long Day's Journey Into Night, by Eugene O'Neill, is a deeply autobiographical play. His life was rampant with confusion and addictions in his family. Each character in this play has a profound resemblance, and draws parallels and connections with a member of his own family. The long journey that the title of the play refers to is a journey into his past. Fog is a recurring metaphor in the play; it is a physical presence even before it becomes a c...
  • Of Miller's Other Plays
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    Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge is a modern tragedy set in 1950's Brooklyn about a man's obsession with his niece, and what that obsession ultimately brings about. Eddie Carbone, the protagonist of the play also happens to be the antagonist, because he ultimately is fighting against himself with his desires for his niece. I believe that this play was very predictable from the start; this is why I really did not enjoy it all that much. A View from the Bridge had some interesting parts but ...
  • Significance Of The Crucible As The Title
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    I think that the play "The Crucible" is called its name for many reasons, all of which reflect a certain element in the play. It is a clever thing for Arthur Miller to have chosen the word crucible as the title for this particular play because it can be interpreted in many different ways. The word 'crucible' has several meanings. First of all it means a vessel in which substances are heated to high temperatures. This is appropriate to the play in 2 ways - the whole society is 'heated up', in a s...
  • Use Of Symbolism
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    In his play Ghosts, Ibsen forces the reader to think about his own ideas and believes, as well as those of society and past ages. Symbolism is one technique repeatedly used to portray the author's ideas through rain, light, fire, the orphanage, Oswald, and through Engstrand himself. The use of religion is also interesting in the way the town people and Pastor Mander uses it. There are many symbols present throughout Ibsen's work. Rain is used as a symbol of the cleansing of evil and impurities. ...
  • Ibsen's Darkest Plays Like Hedda Gabler
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    The mid-nineteenth century realist playwright Alexandre Dumas wrote the following about his drama. "If... I can exercise some influence over society; if, instead of treating effects I can treat causes; if, for example, while I satirize and describe and dramatize adultery, I can find means to force people to discuss the problem, and the law-maker to revise the law, I shall have done more than my part as a poet, I shall have done my duty as a man... We need invent nothing; we have only to observe,...
  • Manus Character Development
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    What is Realism? Realism is the movement toward representing reality as it actually is, in art. Realistic drama is an attempt to portray real life on stage, a movement away from the conventional melodramas and sentimental comedies of the 1700's. It is expressed in theatre through the use of symbolism, character development, stage setting and storyline and is exemplified in plays such as Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters. The arrival of realism was indeed good fo...
  • Reality And Live In An Illusion
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    Symbolism in Long Days Journey Into Night In Eugene O'Neil's Long Days Journey Into Night symbolism is used on many occasions. The three prominent symbols, the fog, the foghorn, and Mary's glasses, represent the characters isolation from reality. The symbols in Long Days Journey Into Night are used to substitute illusion for reality. Although Mary is the character directly associated with living in illusion, all characters in the play try to hide from the truth in their own ways. At the beginnin...
  • Play
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    The short one-act play Trifles by Susan Gla spell, was years ahead of its time. Its time was 1916 but the subject matter is timeless. The aspect of this play that most caught my interest was the contrast between the men and women characters. This is a play written in the early 1900's but transcends time periods and cultures. This play has many strengths and few weaknesses, but helps to provide a very accurate portrait of early American women and the issues they dealt with in everyday comings and...
  • Used Blood
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    The Use of Symbols in Macbeth In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many symbols to add to his story. His use of blood, water, light, dark, rampant animals, and even the witches are examples of how he used symbols to add depth to his play. These symbols were often times recurring and they were all related to the central plot of the play. Shakespeare used blood in this play several times. Blood is first mentioned by Macbeth shortly after he had slain Duncan. The subject of blood was introduced ag...
  • Symbol In The Play
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    Symbolism This essay will put Eugene O'Neill's, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Tennessee William's, A Streetcar Named Desire into perspective with the symbols that are used. The significance of the title Long Day's Journey into Night presents the universal symbols of day and night or light and dark. The story starts out in the morning, there does not seem to be very much turmoil within the family. As the day progresses it seems that darkness is taking over, which can symbolize chaos, evil or...
  • Important In The House Of Bernarda Alba
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    The non-verbal elements of a play are crucial in setting the mood and tone of the production. These features subtly provide the audience with important information about the setting of the play and gives insight into the backgrounds and personalities of the characters. The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederica Garcia Lorca is full of vivid nonverbal elements that are essential in portraying exactly what life was like within this household. Colour is very important in The House of Bernarda Alba. Th...
  • End Of The Play The Tea
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    The Dumb Waiter Scott ONeil The Dumb Waiter is a play that could be interpreted in many ways. It could be veiled simply as a photo realistic slice of life drama or as a comical case study of a dysfunctional relationship. The dramatic action in The Dumb Waiter is relatively static. The two characters, Ben and Gus, do not change environments through out the play. Which leaves the audience to sit there and attempt to grasp what the scattered dialogue is talking about as opposed to focusing on the e...
  • Discussion Of The Major Symbols
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    This thesis is a study of symbolism in Tennessee Williams's "The Night of the Iguana" and "Sweet Bird of Youth". The discussion consists of two parts. The first part is a discussion of the major symbols found in the chosen plays. The sec ond discussed the minor symbols. The major symbols are discussed in chapter II and mean while the minor symbols are discussed in chapter IV. The central symbols of the first play is the trapped iguana. The major symbols do not only reflect t the main character b...
  • Use Of Proxemics In The Play
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    The American plays A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams and Desire Under The Elms, by Eugene O'Neill both use expressionist and symbolist techniques in order to change people's perceptions of the world. Different dramatic techniques might be used to produce these plays in order to create relevant and challenging theatrical experiences. A Streetcar Named Desire, written in 1947, shows the emergence of a New America after World War Two, and the collapse of the Old America, or the old So...
  • John Proctor And Abigail Williams
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    America has always been a nation possessed by the concept of being righteous and of always being free from blame. Arthur Miller does a case study of the warped America psyche of being Godlike in his tragedy, The Crucible. Here Miller uses character development, symbolism, and setting to emphasize the American obsession with perfection. During the late 1600'is, towns were becoming corrupt due to the fact that everyone was persecuting their friends and family. In this novel, Abigail Williams is a ...
  • Characteristic Of The Play
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    Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, was misleading but interesting. On your initial reading the focus of the play is not clear. The play seems to be about two men trying to find a motive for a murder while two women, who are trying to occupy their time, discover a dead bird. While this characteristic of the play frustrated me, it also made me curious to know if the play had a different meaning. Reading this play reminded me of the first time I watched Monster's Ball and didn't know what it was about. Al...
  • Symbolism Of Desire In The Play
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    MOTIFS CONNECTED WITH BLANCHE FROM A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE The term motif is defined in the Oxford English dictionary as a theme repeated and developed in artistic work. Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying "Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama the purest language of plays' This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire. In analyzing the main character of the story, Blanche DuBois, it is crucial to use both the literal implication of the text as well as the motifs, t...
  • Bridge Of The Play
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    The whole of this play involves symbolism, on many different levels. The end scene, in which Eddie takes his own life with his own knife is symbolic of the self-destructive nature that led to such an ending. As Arthur Miller wished to write ' a modern Greek tragedy it is likely that the symbolism of the dagger is Eddies sexuality, which drove him to his drastic actions and eventually death. During the confrontation earlier in the play Marco raised a chair like a weapon, symbolic of the fight yet...

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