Plays Essays

Henry Higgins

Higgins is an extremely interesting character and the life of the play. Although the play’s obvious concern is the metamorphosis of a common flower girl into a duchess, the development of Higgins’ character is also important. The play isn’t only Eliza’s story. One also detects changes in Higgins or to be more precise he appears to the reader in a new light at the end. This is seen when he tells Eliza that he has grown accustomed to seeing her…

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

? Summer of the Seventeenth Doll premiered on 28th November 1955 at the Russell Street Theatre in Melbourne ? Before the 1950s, very little Australian work was produced on Australian stages and often a whole year would go by without a single work by an Australian reaching the commercial stage. ? The Doll was a success in part because it gave its audiences unmistakably Australian characters in a familiar setting, speaking with their own accents, and telling their own stories….

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Learning Notes

|STAGE 1 | |CONTENT STANDARD: The learner understand the different types and forms of drama, the features ,elements and conventions which distinguish | |them from narratives thereby leading him/her to produced a reaction paper. | |PERFORMANCE STANDARD: The learner writes a meaningful reaction paper on a drama presentation. | |ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDING: The learner exhibits understanding and appreciation of drama by making sense of and reacting to the different issues| |presented in it.. | |ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does one show appreciation…

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Pygmalion_ the Play and Higgins

Pygmalion is a primarily Shavian reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses with undertones of Cinderella. Romance and satire dominate both the play’s plot as well as style. Shaw takes a strong central situation–the transformation of a common flower girl into a lady–and surrounds it with superficial trimmings. There is technical innovation in the plot structure since Shaw, under the influence of Ibsen, replaces the stock Victorian formula of exposition, situation and unraveling with exposition, situation and discussion. The plot thus has three…

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View from a Bridge – Extract from Play

Analyse a passage from A View from A Bridge that runs from “Eddie, moving up steps into doorway: Well, I’ll see ya, fellas” on page 5 to “Beatrice – her hands clasp at her breast; she seems half in fear, half in unutterable joy: They’re alright? ” on page 8 of your edition of the play. The extract took place in the beginning of the play in the first act before the arrival of Beatrice’s cousins. In this part of…

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Our Country’s Good, Acting Advice for Act

The scene starts off with just Ralph. I think I would tell the actor to look studious and intellectual, as Ralph would be making every effort to make the play to a very high standard so he can impress Captain Phillip in the hope of getting the promotion he has desired for some time. The mood should then change as soon as “Shitty” Meg enters on stage. She should walk on with a “tarty’ stride. She is old and thoroughly…

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Treatment of Villainy in Hamlet and Duchess of Malfi

In the light of your critical reading of plays, “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare and “Duchess of Malfi” by John Webster, discuss the treatment of villainy in relation to the theme of revenge. Villainy was a genre introduced into plays during the period of Seneca. The Senacan period was popular for the uprising of plays with the elements of violence derived from the Senecan concept of ‘negative teachings’ ,and the abundance of villainous characters to further drive the plots in the…

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