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    Symbols employed in "The American Beauty" and their effects

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    The fact that the neighbor is praising the beauty of the roses indicates that Carolyn is the iconic figure in the Burnham family and that she is recognized as an important and successful person in society. The success Carolyn has in her life, portrayed by the beauty of the roses, further highlights Lester's lack of masculinity in both society and family, establishing the two contrasting characters right at the beginning of the film. From the early scenes, the audience is confronted with the roses as an agent of Carolyn's as if her influence extends through the roses.

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    How does Globalisation affect theatre?

    (Alonso de Santos Jos´┐Ż, L., 2009. L'ABC del teatro vol.1: teoria dell'arte teatrale. Rome: Audino.) Theory has drastically modified the nature of theatrical studies. The way in which people see theatre has changed. People who know theory when they go to theatre they criticise the performance basing their ideas on theory. While people who know nothing about drama just judge the play by saying "I liked it" or "I did not like it". Some people complain on the fact that there is too much theory in drama nowadays this is because they believe that acting should give people the possibility to express their ideas and not copy someone else's.

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  3. Comparing "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth".

    Macbeth as I said wrote before was written in 1606, practically at the start of James I reign. James I was a supporter of Shakespeare's acting company and the story of Macbeth reflects the relationship the two had. He reflects the good kingship of James and the way he was bust developing England (Grade saver, 2010.http://www.gradesaver.com/macbeth/ [Access on 18 May 2011]). Romeo and Juliet was not invented by Shakespeare but from a poet who wrote a poem called "Romeus and Juliet".

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  4. The Merchant of Venice. The audience would have more sympathy for Shylock in the movie version by the 'humanising' sources that Michael Reford has added to the film.

    The audience would have more sympathy for Shylock in the movie version by the 'humanising' sources that Michael Reford has added to the film. The director has tried to approach the character of Shylock with a sympathetic view, instead of showing Shylock's brutal aspects only. Michael Redford sees him as a 'person' before thinking of his immorality in the story and implies that he is an example of the victims of conservative culture. The movie opens with contextual information about Jews that shows the discrimination against Jewish people in Venice.

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  5. Research Investigation: commedia dell'arte masks. It is believed that the use of mask in commedia dell'atre originated in 1570 with Andrea Calmo, the actor and author who was inspired by the Venetian carnivals of the time.

    [3] The carnival of venice. [1] Records of commedia dell'arte performances date back as early as 1551, where they were acted by professionals outside on temporary stages with costumes and masks. But as it was so popular with the nobles, many performances were also done indoors at court for the amusement of nobles. [4] After it became famous with the nobles the troupes began to move to france where many play writes such as Moliere were inspired to move their written works towards comedy.[5] Commedia dell'arte started to become popular outside Italy in the beginning of the seventeenth century.

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  6. Teen angst monologue

    one wakes up in the morning and feel like p' diddy and you definitely don't brush your teeth with some jack daniels. Hold on, jack daniel's is a person right? Huh? (break) Hang on let me google it. Oh jack daniel's is brand of some hard liquor. How can you feel like a g6? Ugh and things don't stop there, I'm supposed to wash my face BEFORE I exercise to prevent build-up.

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    Death of a Salesman Act One Plot Overview

    w***y tries to show Biff, his older son, the excellence in the business world. w***y talks to himself in the kitchen, while Biff and his youngest son, Happy who is also visiting. They were talking about their father babbling which include criticism of Biff's failure to live up to w***y's expectation. w***y becomes submerge in a daydream. Him and his son, now younger, who are washing his car. They communicate with their father, who has just returned from a business trip. w***y tells Biff and Happy that he is going to open his own business one day, bigger than the one owned by his neighbor, Charley.

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  8. Hamlet Act 3 scene 1

    Hamlet is a scholar and a philosopher and I was trying to portray this by making it seem as if he had discovered this notion of the 'point of existence', a key recurring theme throughout the whole of the play. Hamlet is not talking about a wish to commit suicide, in fact he does not use the words "I" or "me" throughout the whole speech, which meant that the speech was more rhetorical than personal. I tried to portray this by conducting the speech as if it were two balanced sides of an argument.

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  9. Adults vs. children

    I support their views and strongly believe that being a child is better than being an adult. To begin with, a child has got only a few responsibilities and problems. Your only duties are learning and having fun with your friends. You do not have to care about family. Money is not your business . You do not care how your parents earned the money, but you just follow them.

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  10. Wicked Play Review

    Choreography was definitely a significant element in Wicked. I found that it contributed to the story a lot by allowing the audience to actually see the emotions that the characters are feeling in the form of movement, or more specifically, dance. Choreography was especially helpful when trying to figure out what the characters in the ensembles were feeling because, first of all, they were the people doing most of the dancing so one could get a lot of information out of their movements and, secondly, there aren't that many other opportunities or ways for them to tell the audience how they are feeling.

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  11. In this portfolio I will take you on the journey which I myself have travelled on throughout my IB theatre programme. Within this portfolio I will portray the processes which we as a group went through in order to create our devised piece

    The Research and Development of the plot Thorough research shown how on the 20th September 2010 Iranian Government publicly accused the US of 'Double Standards' in a newspaper article published in 'The Guardian'. Centred on a 43 year old Iranian, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and a 43 year old American Theresa Lewis. Ashtiani was issued with capital punishment in 2007 after it emerged that she had an illicit affair with a man after the death of her husband in 2006; this was later revoked and she was charged with adultery, manslaughter and the murder of her husband.

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  12. Essai litteraire

    Grete's betrayal of her brother is final and absolute. At the end, readers are faced with Grete's speech that is considered a climax of the novel. The metamorphosis comes here to an end because Grete gave up on the humanity in Gregor. "We must try to get rid of it" p.49, she realizes that Gregor is the problem and has to be gotten rid of. Grete condemns Gregor to death when she locks him into his `````````feelings for his family: "He thought of his family with tenderness and love.

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  13. The Hunt For Red October

    Konovalov commanded by his former student Tupolev. However, instead Ramius murders political officer Ivan Putin, the only person not under his command and the only man aboard besides himself who knows the submarine's orders. Ramius then proceeds to burn the original orders then tells the crew that they will be conducting nuclear missile drills off of the USA's east coast. The Dallas, an American submarine patrolling nearby, detects the Red October but loses contact once Ramius engages the caterpillar drive.

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  14. Othellos Downfall

    Despite Emilia's denial of Desdemona's infidelity, Othello is doubtful of Emilia's defense of Desdemona. Even Emilia's sincere request to Othello to "remove your thought" (IV.ii.15) does not persuade Othello that Desdemona's love for him is steadfast and sincere. As Othello is blindly manipulated by Iago's persuasive reasoning, he does not believe the truths told by Emilia. Despite Othello's knowledge that Emilia is Desdemona's closest friend and companion, his faith in the words of Iago eventually lead to his demise.

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  15. Theme of Phoenix in Fahrenheit 451

    Montag's disillusionment with society causes him to undergo a radical and liberating transformation, much like the phoenix itself. Like the phoenix that desires a new beginning, Montag realizes the destructive nature of his old beliefs and longs to liberate himself from the narrow views society holds. Returning to his home one day after work, Montag meets Clarisse, an eccentric yet refreshingly honest girl who lives next door. She poses a simple question to Montag: "'Is it true that long ago, firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?"' (8). This seemingly innocent query unsettles Montag and forces him to reexamine who he is as a fireman and as a man.

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  16. Sin and Ego in Crime and Punishment

    Following her murder, Raskolnikov "[takes] the keys out at once," (Dostoyevsky 95) and uses them to unlock a large box which contains "items made of gold, bracelets, chains, earrings, and hatpins" (Dostoyevsky 101). Interestingly, he feels no remorse for his two-fold crime of murder and theft; rather, it appears as though he cannot relate to his victim as a human being. In fact, when Raskolnikov commits the first murder, he is "barely conscious of what he [is] doing, and [acts] almost without effort" (Dostoyevsky 94). His sense of alienation from the rest of the population in St.

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  17. Stanislavski Essay

    The historical context of the realism within theatre is very important. Within the 19th century a period broke out in theatre when experiments were done with realism and naturalism. Not only Konstantin Stanislavski experimented with this genre of theatre, though the truth of the matter is that Stanislavski developed the concept of realism for the new theatre. The language and style of this new theatre type portrayed a more natural and real life picture."One of the elements [of the spiritual culture of the humanity] is the theatre which is distinctly Russian, whose objective is not to entertain the audience with plays, but to affect directly the viewer's very soul with naturally created life of the human spirit."

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  19. Lack of Self Knowledge in Mad Shadows

    Patrice had become the god of Patrice. His soul was too feeble to ask for more." (Blais 20) Experiences self-realization to an extent, but only surface, beauty (what he discovers) prevents him from further self-knowledge - cannot gain a soul 1.3 "At forty, Louise was still a frivolous doll, empty and excessively concerned with her slender body. Patrice's beauty was to her but a reflection of her own." (Blais 24) Self-absorbed Narcissist love (Patrice) Empty doll, no soul, only vanity 1.4 "He was easy-going and always accommodating.

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  20. Justive vs. Injustice in Mad Shadows

    (Blais 19) Used to injustice, sharp hands - cut bread - religious imagery. 1.2 "Crushed and humiliated for so long, Isabelle-Marie experienced pleasure as a kind of delirium, an emotion which consumed both flesh and blood: love of the earth, love in the face of ingratitude." (Blais 19) Lack of justice Returns to reality from the day Denied of self-realization or any sense of true rebirth 1.2 " 'I have decided to take a trip.

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  21. Oediups: An Analysis of Literary Devices

    A man I never saw." (Roche 9) No self-knowledge that he killed Laius. "Then I'll go back and drag that shadowed past to light." (Roche 11) Oedipus is in the dark, he is the one to be cursed when it's dragged to light Confidence Drag: unwanted truth Shadowed past: Oedipus' past Light: truth "For who knows, tomorrow this selfsame murderer/may turn his b****y hands on me. /The cause of Laius therefore is my own." (Roche 11) Oedipus killed Laius, ironic that he says the cause of Laius is his own.

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  22. Ibu usman awang

    Kemiskinan juga menaksa mereka untuk meminjam w**g daripada lintah darat. Stanza 3 : Golongan miskin terpaksa bekerja keras setiap hari demi mencari rezeki. Mereka juga tertinggal daripada pembangunan dan permodenan yang berlaku pada masa itu. Stanza 4 : Kemiskinan menyebabkan masyarakat ini terpinggir daripada kecanggihan teknologi. Stanza ini juga mempunyai unsur sindiran terhadap pemimpin yang tidak effisyen dalam mengani masalah mereka. Pemimpin Stanza 5 : Keadaan pada masa itu yang memaksa mereka untu kbekerja keras bagi menyara hidup mereka yang melarat hal ini diibaratkan seperti kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang.

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  23. Comparison of A Doll's House and A Streetcar Named Desire

    Ibsen changes Nora's costume to parallel her behavioral and emotional changes in the play. The "Neapolitan fisher-girl" costume, for example, represents Nora's secrets and their restraint on her autonomy (Ibsen 29). Therefore, Nora's want to "tear [the masquerade costume] into a hundred thousand pieces" represents her will to be rid of her lies and to take off of the mask she puts on for Helmer (Ibsen 28). The costume facilitates this need throughout the second act of play. When Nora practices the Tarantella dance, she dances wildly and "her hair comes down and falls over her shoulders" (Ibsen 47).

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IB Theatre involves all aspects of drama and theatre. You'll gain a strong appreciation of the subject through critical appraisal of the theory, culture and history of the theatre and by a wide range of practical exercises including improvisation and scripted performances. You'll develop your own performance skills and learn how to work as part of an ensemble and youll gain organisational and technical abilities. There are three core subjects in the syllabus: theatre in the making, which looks at the skills required to create a piece of theatre; theatre in performance, which will involve you in performance and production; and theatre in the world which allows you to study the theory of theatre and its origins and traditions in a variety of global contexts. At higher level you will complete an Independent Project on either

Devising Practice or Exploring Practice. Assessment is both internal and external and the latter requires you to express yourself in a clear and concisemanner in two major pieces of written work. Marked by teachers has a good range of examples of IB Drama written work which you can access to appreciate how such work is planned and achieved.


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  • There are a number of logistical and dramatic factors to be decided upon in a production of Philadelphia, Here I Come. Discuss the set, lighting, sound, music or any other element of the play that you feel relevant.

    "In conclusion, Friel uses many stage directions to connect the audience with the characters. He presents us with Private Gar, alter ego that raises many concerns about his inner feelings, which we wouldn’t know about if Friel was to use just Public Gar. Flashback is presented to show previous events from the past in order to get deeper understanding of Gar. Music is outlined in the play to show Gar’s current emotions and their change for example we can tell his mood changes as he decides to play a much faster song. The entire play happens within twenty-four and we are reminded of it by the highlighted clock in the kitchen and clamorous sounds of it in between the scenes. Issue of the lack of communication between Gar and S.B. never gets resolved; we can tell that both of the characters suffer, as they’d like to express themselves. In the end with an open ending and not much gets resolved. It’s up to the reader to put the events in order and make personal judgement on the possible outcomes that may have resulted in the play."

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