Essay for the "Shoe Horn Sonata"

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Essay for Dramatic Techniques

The drama "Shoe-horn Sonata", by John Misto, presents a relationship between two women Bridie and Sheila during and after Would War Two. Misto uses a variety of theatrical devices to convey this relationship to the audience and they are effective. In the play, the alternating setting is a tool which represents a public narrative followed by a private disclosure. Also humour takes different forms in the text. Meanwhile the use of monologue is vital in portraying the character which engages the audience. Therefore it is accurate to state that the various dramatic techniques used in the text "Shoe-horn Sonata" are effective.

The alternating setting is a vehicle which represents a public narrative followed by a private disclosure. In the act one scene one of the play, it opens in darkness and silence with only the voice of Bridie heard. The spotlight falls upon her as she explains how the Japanese torture them by making them 'kowbow' although it is not immediately clear who her audience is.

Through the use of Japanese words "keirei" and "naore", Bridie reveals the authenticity in her story. This has an immediate effect of engaging the audience. We realise from "On-air" sign that Bridie is being interviewed and a male voice questions her about her role in the War, although the interviewer "Rick" never appears on the stage. We see her adventurous nature through the experience of her enlistment. This is reflected in the quotation 'I...wanted to be like my dad...he was proud" where it indicates that Bridie is reminiscing about her experiences of the early stages of Would War Two. This is reinforced in the quotation "I'd never been further than Woy Woy" which explains her excitement towards the expedition to Singapore.

Through the recount of "they'd heard that the Japs...