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  1. Escapism and power as entwined themes in Anouilhs Antigone and Ibsens A Dolls House.

    Her dislike for the world with colour suggests that she is not content with the mortal world of man, and wishes to go beyond it. This idea is perpetuated when she says 'Have you ever thought how lovely a garden is when it is not yet thinking of men?' Hence, her longing to leave the world of men is one of the motivating factors towards her decision to defy her uncle Creon, bury her brother and thus make her uncle sentence her to death.

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  2. The Impossibility in the Quest for Adventure

    Joyce describes how even though Eveline was nineteen, she "sometimes felt herself in danger of her father's violence"(33). However, not only is she physically in danger but she is also emotionally suffocated by her difficult and restricted life. For example, she has to give all of her wages to her father, keep the house together, and watch over her two younger siblings. This suffocation exists throughout the story, through the image of the dusty cretonne. Joyce describes how Eveline would [lean] her head against the window curtain, inhaling the odor of the dusty cretonne"(35).

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  3. Betrayal and Revenge in Medea

    In addition, Jason's reference to Medea's earlier transgressions reveals that he doesn't fully grasp what Medea gave up for him. Although Medea's actions will never be justified, Jason's reaction throughout the play, and specifically in this passage, allows the reader to feel some small measure of sympathy towards Medea. Throughout the play, Jason characterizes Medea as cruel and merciless. This is ironic because these are the same traits that made life and success possible for Jason when he first met Medea.

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  4. King Lear - Character Sketches and Scene Summaries

    We also see that he has failed to recognize the plight of his people and only truly sees what their existence is like when he is brought down to their level, which was when he was thrown out by his daughters, representing his total loss of power and humiliation. Oswald: Oswald is the chief servant of Goneril, who obeys his mistress's commands and supports her in her conspiracies.

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    Short Story "A Decision"

    They always treat my father well and secretly hand him envelopes of money but they never look at me. They even try to keep their son, Logan, as far away from me as possible. They don't succeed most of the time though. Light poured in all around me. My shadow marked where I had been with small footprints of dry earth, crushed leaves and snapped branches. Trees were everywhere around me and light brown squirrels hurried about me, holding in their mouth the food they spent the day gathering for the long nights ahead of them.

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    William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlets disregard of his friends advice and the truth of Hamlets characteristics.

    Hamlet's friends, Horatio and Marcellus, do not trust the ghost; they believe the ghost might be a demon in disguise, or have ill intentions. However, the way in which Hamlet responds to the ghost by going with it demonstrates his courage and sense of independence. Horatio and Marcellus try to stop Hamlet from following his father's ghost which could actually be the devil in disguise. During the Elizabethan period, people believed that whenever a ghost appeared it could either be a soul that returned from the dead because of unfinished business or one of Satan's minions in disguise.

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  7. Themes in Macbeth

    Their initial ambition leads them to the murder of Duncan, the first step towards their downfall in the play. Lady Macbeth says of her husband, 'Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it'. It is this 'illness' and corruption that accompanies ambition, that leads Macbeth to change and deteriorate as a character. He develops an ambition for security, which leads to the murder of Banquo and Macduff's wife, children and servants. The horrid actions Macbeth and Lady Macbeth commit due to this ambition for secure power, has severe repercussions of guilt and trauma.

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  8. Symbolism in "Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams

    This continuing struggle is a large part of the major theme of The Glass Menagerie. Just as the glass menagerie represents all of the characters as a whole, it also represents each character individually. Though the glass menagerie is most directly relevant to Laura, all four characters have sublimated their animal drives into esthetics. Laura has her glass animals, Tom his movies and poems, Amanda her jonquil-filled memories distorted into hopes, and Jim his baritone cliches of progress (Cohn 101).

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  9. one woman show

    At the age of 26, she became the head of the hundreds of concubines. But her goal was to be the empress. At that time, she had birthed a baby girl, suddenly, an idea came to her. She decided to kill her own child to make it appear that someone had done it. Then she ran to the emperor and told him that the present empress Lee murdered the baby. Emperor Taizong believed Wu's story, because he thought that she would never murder her own child. He then, placed Wu as the new empress.

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  10. Designer(TM)s Portfolio

    After a while, a master with his slave appears whose names are Pozzo and Lucky. Pozzo sits on a stool, relaxes a little and enjoys some chicken and wine. He is really rude to his servant. Eventually Lucky dozes off to sleep, but is weakened by jerks on the rope from his master. The master then tell the tramps that Lucky is pitiful and old, and he would like to get rid of him soon. On hearing all of these words, Lucky cries. Estragon tries to comfort him, but Lucky gives him a hard kick in the leg in return. Later, the master and slave leave the tramps, and they continue their wait of Godot.

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  11. Stanislavski's System

    Being the co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre helped Stanislavski set up a basis for his own system of training actors. This unique system required actors to research the situation provided by the script according to the characters motivations, create a subtext to their script whereby they show the meaning or the imagination beneath the text their script, and bring to mind their own experiences so that they may use the emotions from their own experiences as emotions for their character in order to make their character more believable.

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  12. Gallery Review - Nancy Lang

    Nancy Lang is an American born-Korean Pop artist who is very young and innovative. This piece of her is named the 'Taboo Yogini, Swinger' and has an enormous size of 210 x 175 cm. She used mixed media on canvas to create this huge piece. This painting was finished in the year 2006, when she was 27. On this humungous canvas, there is a big character in the middle which has the body of a robot and a head of a girl with some abstract and obscure figures as legs.

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  13. Streetcar Named desire comparison

    revive the classical heroic mask from ancient Greek theatre - married three times; Carlotta, addressed in the dedication, being his third wife - had a tragic relationship with his children: disowned his daughter, Oona, for marrying Charlie Chaplin; one son Eugene Jr. committed suicide at age 40 and the other, Shane, was a heroin addict - won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, once for A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire ensured his fame when it was made into an Academy Award winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh - moved to New Orleans in 1939

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  14. If we were to assume that Shakespeare's depiction of Gertrude and Ophelia represents Shakespeare's view of women, what strengths and weaknesses would he ascribe to women?

    This is Ophelia's first flaw, even though it was expected of women in Shakespearean times to obey the males in their lives. When Polonius orders her to stop seeing Hamlet, Ophelia replies with "I shall obey my lord" (Act I scene iii, 142) there is no fuss over how she loves Hamlet, she easily gives in without so much as an argument, showing Polonius's complete control over his daughter, with her desire to please him as a cause of this. Ophelia dependency on her father is to the point where it seems where she really can not function without him.

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  15. Describe the state of mind of King Claudius

    This is a very vivid description of a harlot's face, which has a lot of make-up on her. Makeup is used in poetry to symbolize masks hiding a person's true intention, and their true intentions. This aside is not only the only speech that shows that Claudius did kill his brother, it also show's us that Claudius feels guilty about guilty about killing his brother, saying that all this deceit is a heavy burden. At the end of this scene Claudius suspects that Hamlet is only playing the lunatic, stating that his emotions weren't that of a man in love, and it was not like madness.

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  16. Le panoramique assimilateur dans Windtalkers (2002)

    Film� en panoramique vertical descendant, ce plan embl�matique de l'enfant domin� par l'�tendard aux multiples �toiles donne le ton du film : la communaut� indienne, symbolis�e par l'enfant, se place sous l'embl�me le plus repr�sentatif du conqu�rant et accepte donc cette situation. Le d�sert, refuge naturel du peuple originaire du nouveau continent, est ainsi adopt� et assujetti par les repr�sentants de ce drapeau. Les plans qui suivent montrent une communaut� indienne qui fait ses adieux au p�re de l'enfant. L'image idyllique de la famille est bien pr�sente dans le long plan qui rassemble la m�re, le p�re et le fils.

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  17. How does an actor use Stanislavskis acting principles, in order to fully prepare to play the role of Kipps in The Woman In Black?

    The actor has trained his concentration and his senses so that he may respond freely to the total stage environment. Through empathic observation of people in many different situations, he attempts to develop a wide emotional range so that his onstage actions and reactions appear as if they were a part of the real world rather than a make-believe one".[2] In order for an actor to make his role believable the actor would use a method or various methods from Stanislavski?s system to create his own flashback that would lead him to fully absorb the role that he is going

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  18. How does an actor use Stanislavskis acting principles, in order to fully prepare to play the role of Kipps in The Women in Black?

    Drablow's funeral to pay her respects. (Kipps Analysis n.d.) Although he had good experience with the woman in black and he had experiences of his super natural activities, he still wanted to be dwelling a safer life, with Esme he was going through an un-exited part of life by living in a cottage and keeping himself busy with kids or watching football on Sundays .He never wanted to encounter ghosts which he did but he never wanted to repeat this ghost encounter again.

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  19. The Post-modernist Era in Dance- review of 5 pieces.

    Throughout classes like that I believe that the four years in college will be worth it, and I will have much more confidence and ability to face the audition process. Through the readings, I have been learning the dance development and changes throughout the years. In the post-modernism, the modern dancers and choreographers continued to experiment new feelings and movements. For example, Robert Wilson?s Einstein on the beach, which had the costumes based on photography of Albert Einstein and music by Phillip Glass, has no story behind the scene.

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  20. Acting Styles in 'Ruby Moon'.

    In a sense we are the lost child of Ray and Sylvie. This creates tension and expectation. With the ending the audience will have learned a lesson, leaving the play not depressed or ill tempered, but uplifted and enlightened. (Lynch) The style of theater Ruby Moon is set in is Theater of the Absurd. Theatre of the absurd plays, all express views of world as a meaningless and threatening place, where only one thing is certain: The End of our existence. Innocent little girl disappears for no reason, and everyone is suspicious.

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  21. 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.

    Private Gar is the unseen character, the alter ego of our main hero. Although Public Gar is the only person that can hear Private talk he never looks at him, he cannot look at his alter ego. On stage two characters play Public and Private. One utters what is acceptable and the other utters what he?d really like to say if he wasn?t so inhabited. The central struggle is not between the public and private but between Gar both private and public and his father S.B. Apples don?t fall far from the tree, also outlined in the play by Madge who describes them as ?two peas? that way Gar and S.B.

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  22. Which methods could a theatre company use when performing Jean Anouilh's "Antigone", keeping true to and supporting the style of the "Theatre of the Absurd"?

    Subsequently he poses the question if the realization and acceptance of this fact must necessarily result in suicide. You can see a clear reflection of this thought in Esslin's definition of the 'Theatre of the Absurd' as that which ?strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought.? The most well-know absurdist playwrights are Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter and Arthur Adamov. It is believed that the uprising of this philosophical movement during this specific time period was triggered by the death, grief and pure misery brought upon the people by World War II, which demonstrated the total brevity of any values and emphasized the precariousness and arbitrariness of human life.

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  23. Theatre Analysis. In this excerpt of his book True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor David Mamet is discussing the importance of habitual behavior in relation to success in theatre

    Another deficiency of his theory is that he solely takes into account the technical part of theatre, giving immense importance to qualities such as bounteous punctuality and knowing your lines by heart. I do believe in the importance of these practices, seeing as they support the development of meaningful theatre, but by no means are they responsible for its creation.

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  24. A comparison of Brian Friels Philadelphia, Here I Come & Arthur Millers A View From the Bridge

    Philadelphia, Here I Come is set in Ballybeg, a small town in Donegal, in the heart of rural Ireland. It is a quintessential small town community, very close, introverted with an air of inescapable predestination. A View From the Bridge is set in Red hook, Brooklyn, a tough impoverished area of New York, home to immigrants and the masculine culture of the longshoremen. Red hook is similar to Ballybeg in the sense that it too appears to have sense of inescapability and a predestined future, which is due to the poverty within Red hook. Both settings inspire dreams of escape in the play the plays characters, as Gar dreams of leaving Ballybeg for Philadelphia, and Catherine dreams of leaving Red hook for Italy.

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  25. Augusto Boal and Jacques LeCoq have both had significant impact on theatre, and their philosophies and practical training have allowed their actors to be wellequipped for production.

    One of the exercises used as a means to achieve this was the spinning disk, whereby two people walk into the circle and must ?balance? the spinning disk by matching movements. We did this exercise in class, and it was helpful in allowing focus to be fully on the person in front of you, allowing movements to be uninhibited. Boal?s philosophy and practical training, including de-mechanisation, sensory, muscular and memory exercises, are necessary for the kind of theatre he wished to create, and are seen realised in Forum Theatre, Image Theatre, and his theatre company, the Theatre of the Oppressed.

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