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  1. Metadrama in Jew of Malta

    and my wealth"1 The audience is now put in a position of power because they are aware of Barabas' evil intentions before the characters in the text. Accordingly, the audience starts to feel accountable as the intrigues of the plot unfold. Barabas' fate ends tragically and his narrative is a testament to the failure as a man and of the Machiavellian principles he tries to emulate. Barabas demonstrates a command over the world of the text. Being Jewish and affluent alienates him from the Christian Maltese society.

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  2. It is misleading to see Ibsen as a critic of society. His plays are best valued for their gradual revelation of character.

    Nora then later on says to Mrs Linde: "But little Nora isn't as stupid as everyone thinks." (9). Again, this sentence reveals just a little bit more about her character and shows that despite Torvald's teasing, she is capable of more than being his little "squirrel" or "sky-lark". Eventually, we learn exactly what Nora has been keeping under wraps from Torvald, she says: "I was the one who saved Torvald's life" (13). By revealing this dark secret of hers, we learn a great deal about Nora's character.

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  3. Connection with Tension

    Using the word "all" in the beginning of lives five through twelve help create a type of tension that demands the reader's awareness (Whitman 5-12). The tone of the poem helps give a loud, informative tone that will grab your attention in a shocking way. The primary message of the poem is said in the beginning, and at the end of the poem. Whitman after looking up at the stars says "A vast similitude interlocks all" (Whitman 4). In the end he also brings it up again "This vast similitude spans them, and always has spanned" (Whitman 13).

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  4. The treatment of Women in the History of the United States as portrayed American Drama

    This is the case particularly when women are the protagonists in the plays, but it also occurs when women are simply supporting characters who have interaction with the tragic hero. Perhaps unfairly constructed in the plays, the female characters do however stir much interest for further investigation as to why they suffer the same if not more consequences than the male protagonists, even though they were not actively involved with the tragic incidents that brought about the tragedy. As a result, female characters are said to end in three inevitable outcomes.

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  5. 'The way an audience experiences and appreciates a play...is by no means governed solely by what happens on stage. The entire theatre, its audience arrangements, its other public places its physical appearance, even its location in a city, are all import

    Semiotics 'the study of signs - those objects by which humans communicate meaning'2 is imperative if we are to explore how humans make meaning from 'audience arrangements' or the theatres 'physical appearance', to name only two of the elements from Carlson's statement. As Charles Pierce puts it, 'how the audience receives and interprets signs; the semiotics of the entire theatre experience - the 'appearance of the auditorium, the displays in the lobby, the information in the program, and countless other parts of the event as a whole'; and the iconic relationship of theatre to the life it represents'3 So semiotics is manifest to this investigation, of how 'the signs' make meaning.

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  6. Inspector Calls

    During World War One Priestley found that the social classes who were all so different pulled together to reach one common goal, furthermore he found himself with men who were rich and men who were poor but there was no arguing. For the years of the war the society had become almost completely Socialist. Sadly this did not last after World War One and Priestley saw Capitalists emerge powerful again and the social classes reform. Then in the Second World War Priestley saw the same thing happen, the social classes melted away again and everyone was equal and as World

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  7. Examining the "insincerity, inauthenticity and unnaturalness" of Victorian high society in Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.

    A central part of Wilde's satire of the "insincerity, inauthenticity and unnaturalness" of Victorian high society is his depiction and celebration through various characters of the idea of the dandy. For Wilde the dandy embodied the heroic ideal, a rejection of high society's obsession with morality (Beckson 205). While Wilde celebrates the dandy, he satirises and criticises elements of Victorian society. The play is not necessarily a direct satire of Victorian conventions. It is more so that Wilde uses his representation of the dandy to challenge and criticise the stereotypes that his Victorian audience hold true.

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  8. A Comparison between Strindbergs Miss Julie and Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House

    We can feel the same anxiety that the central characters feel from passing of the time. However, the social worlds of these two plays are different. Strindberg has portrayed the world of aristocrats and their servants where the differences between the social classes is important and referred to continuously while Ibsen has chosen people who are almost of the same class. They are all working people who have reached their present situation with hard work and the social classes seem not to be important here. In this case A Dollâs House, a realist play, is more believable and like the everyday life of its audience.

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  9. Japanese Americans. It is best to examine the Issei, Nesei relationship by looking at the strongest one in John Okadas No-No Boy

    and their parents while their parents felt caught between their homeland (Japan) and their children. Nisei and Issei were two generations that were lost in translation; because of this, many Nisei, including Ichiro, felt lost and unable to escape from a dominant discourse (Ling 367). It is best to examine the Issei, Nesei relationship by looking at the strongest one in John Okadaâs No-No Boy. Throughout the text, Ichiro is plagued with guilt; he torments Damato 2 himself over choosing not to go to war, (making himself a âNo-Noâ boy,) rather than a âYes-Yesâ boy.

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  10. Dandyism and Moralism in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband

    I am very sorry, but it is not my day. LORD CAVERSHAM: What do you mean, sir? LORD GORING: During the season, father, I only talk seriously on the first Tuesday of every month, from four to seven. LORD CAVERSHAM: Well, make it Tuesday, sir, make it Tuesday. LORD GORING: But it is after seven, father, and my doctor says I must not have serious conversations after seven. It makes me talk in my sleep. LORD CAVERSHAM: Talk in your sleep, sir? What does it matter? You are not married. LORD GORING: No, father, I am not married.

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  11. Womens Depression; The Other Side of Look Back in Anger

    a never ignorable curse of woman society, who are represented in the play by Alison Porter, an impassive and totally broken down character of the play, and Helena Charles, a morally religious woman. Masculinity Reigns Feminine Obviously, Jimmy Porter is expressing his frustration for the lack of feelings in his quiet domestic life. He is depressed by not finding a proper consideration toward him and his thoughts and passions from his relatives and surroundings. He blasts with his furious heart toward the still conventional hegemonies existed in the British culture.

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  12. Pygmalion. It is the desire to obtain an education, or at least the appearance of one that takes Eliza to Dr. Henry Higgins house

    Already greatly marginalized by rigid social barriers, the lower class struggled to survive in slums concentrated in London. Among those already marginalized, was a group of those even more marginalized: the lower class woman. Faced with a life of great hardship, brought on by a lack of means and most importantly the lack of an education, the lower class woman in Victorian England faced a life of grim prospects. With nearly no help from the government, in the form of such social programs that exist now, she had few avenues open to her, not just to move upwards or forwards, but to merely exist.

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  13. An analysis of the dramatic structure of Kalidasa's "Abhinjanasakunthalam"

    ( Mund 24, 25) The themes for any Sanskrit play are usually from history or epic legend. But the dramatist mixes it up with his own fictitious inventions like Kalidasa has done it many places in his Abhinjanasakunthalam. The play commences with Nandi followed by the prologue wherein the stage manager with his wife or assistant introduces the actors and informs the audience of the play. Apart from religious festivals, marriage, birth the Sanskrit stage adhered to the high ideals of Indian culture. The theme of the play is based on the Indian philosophy that true love is immortal.

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