• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Contextualising the Play of Miss Julie

Extracts from this document...


Contextualising the Play Miss Julie is reflecting in this society since the way Stanislavski creates a 'scientific' system for realistic characters in naturalistic plays, focuses on the development of the artistic truth onstage by teaching actors to 'live the part' during the performance Stanislavski developed the system to be applied to all forms of theater, directing and producing melodrama, vaudeville, opera, etc. In order to create an ensemble of actors all working together as an artistic unit, he began organizing a series of studios in which young actors were trained in his system. Stanislavski told the actors to use their own memories in order to naturally express emotions. Stanislavski later worked on The Method of Physical Actions focus was on the physical actions inspiring truthful emotion, and involved improvisation and discussion. The focus remained on reaching the subconscious through the conscious. Also made a system called the 'Magic IF' telling the actors "What would I do if I were in this situation?". Not only Stanislavski reflect Miss Julie in society but also Sigmund Freud a psychologist, Freud abandoned this form of treatment, in favor of a treatment where the patient talked through his or her problems. ...read more.


Workers in Sweden began to strike for higher wages and shorter workdays. In 1881, a law was passed to limit child labor in factories, but it was not until 1909 that all adult males in Sweden were given the right to vote. The possibility of social movement was becoming greater at this time as well. In his preface to Miss Julie, Strindberg, himself the child of a servant, wrote of "the old. . . nobility giving way to a new nobility of nerve and intellect." This can be seen in the character of Jean, who wants to rise up to a different position in life. The position of women in society was also an important issue as well. In 1845 that women in Sweden were given the right to own property. In 1846 women were also given the right to hold certain specific jobs such as teaching, and finally, in 1862 the right to vote. In the 1870s, women were let into the universities for the first time, although they were not allowed to study theology or law. ...read more.


Strindberg did other plays as well including 'The Father' and 'The Dream Play'. Miss Julie is one of his first naturalistic plays as he went on to do other plays for example 'The Dream Play' doesn't have a clear story and its completely non-naturlistic while Miss Julie you could understand the story plot because naturalistic tragdy play, while Strindberg wrote this play he got divorced with his first wife Siri von Essen and had weird dreams when he got divorced. Futhermore Strindberg shows in 'The Father' while the father's love is concerned with the development of the child, the mother is interested mainly in the possession of the child therefore she fights the man with every means at her command. 'The Father' contains two basic truths, the motherhood has much praised, and hailed as a wonderful thing, is in reality very often the greatest influence in the life of the child while in the play the mother doesn't show the love for the child only the possession. ?? ?? ?? ?? Diana Caires AS Drama Ms Lancaster ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. In 'the stronger' Strindberg focuses upon the role and importance of women at the ...

    Stage directions can also be used to reveal a characters emotion. For example, 'Miss Y glances up from her paper, nods perfunctually, then goes on reading.' This is the first time in the play that the characters are together. Strindberg has used this direction to show the audience how Miss Y feels about Mrs X.

  2. 'What did Stanislavski mean by Imagination and Concentration/Attention? How could these ideas help in ...

    'The magnet of the audience is more powerful' than many imagine. I myself know how fear of being ridiculed has made me more contained in my emotion when performing to others. When faced with an entire theatre full of people, watching your every move and prepared to criticise, it is

  1. Use of language of Miss Julie

    Never seen the world. It's lovely, riding in a train...' shows that Miss Julie is going through too many emotions to start a new life with the servants. Dialect is used to show the audience each character the way they speak if it's formal or slang in this play focuses on high and low classes so it must be formal 'Vous voulez plaisanter, madame.'

  2. Form and Structure of Miss Julie

    Miss Julie and Jean have a plan to run away together and make an hotel but they have been discovered by Kristen, Miss Julie's father came back so Miss Julie resolve to kill herself and that communicates that the solution was Miss Julie committing suicide.

  1. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    If we had unlimited time to improve this scene I would have used different lighting to reflect the mood of each scene, for example the wine bar scene would be very bright to show how happy everyone was feeling and the aftermath of the crash scene would be darker to

  2. Film Studies The Studio System

    He worked for Columbia for more than ten years, and his films appealed to a broad audience hungry for sentimental stories about the underlying goodness of the common man and woman. Gary Cooper, who starred in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

  1. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

    Visual: Whisking through the newspaper. Here the use of a prop is used within a scene. Ui is desperate to find something about himself which again reveals elements of his characters personality portraying to the audience this desire to please himself, a self-centred ego centred nature that craves public attention.

  2. Threepenny opera plot

    Polly tells her parents of this through song and their anger is apparent after she tells them this news however, unusually, they are not angered at the marriage but instead that their daughter can no longer continue working as a prostitute, slicing their income.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work