Essays Tagged: "stage directions"

Romeo and Juliet - The balcony Scene

mmonly known as the "balcony scene," and although this designation may be inaccurate (Shakespeare's stage directions call for Juliet to appear at a "window," not on a balcony), this scene has been quo ... s indelibly etched in our memories. Here Shakespeare's genius is evident even at a relatively early stage in his career, and while the characters of Romeo and Juliet predominate, the playwright employ ...

(5 pages) 77 0 4.8 Mar/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare > Romeo & Juliet

Educating Rita - a description of the story and breakdown of characters

haracters, Frank and Rita and how they change through out the play. I will also look at how I would stage scenes six and seven including props, characters positions, body language, actions, movements ... oman in the way she is always in a hurry and is always trying to everything at once as shown in the stage directions. 'Rita bursts through the door out of breath'. She is quite inexperienced in life a ...

(6 pages) 98 0 2.7 Apr/2002

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies

It has been said that Tennessee Williams' plays are 'full of hate, anger and envy'. How far is this true in scene three of 'The Glass Menagerie'?

ple', and it is very clear that Tom and Amanda are angry with each other throughout this scene. The stage directions are very effective in surfacing the anger in the scene, the 'violent voices', an aw ... In a play centred on symbols and actions, these ingredients into the overall effect of anger on the stage will emphasise to the audience the true anger and hate in this scene. Also, the writing of wor ...

(10 pages) 76 0 2.7 Feb/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Some critics believe that the visual and musical effects used in 'The glass Menagerie' by Tennesse Williams are what make it such an effective play. Do you agree?

ing Williams' aim to promote an underlying tragic theme. However, it may be argued that the various stage directions and elaborate musical and lighting effects can only allow little individual interpr ... the house. ''...And then I - ... met your father! She switches on the rose coloured lamp...''. The stage direction and lighting effect of the rose coloured lamp emphasises that 'Amanda' is rememberin ...

(7 pages) 131 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama

How are the reactions of Walter, Benetha, and Mama similar in "A Rasin in the Sun"

ll of it? Beneatha's money too?" (Hansberry 527). Then as Walter did Mama gets much more upset. The stage directions say that Mama starts to beat her son senselessly in the face.Beneatha's response of ...

(1 pages) 51 0 3.0 Apr/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller.

transfer in power becomes apparent to the reader through a variety of techniques, such as dialogue, stage directions (for example, the chair-lifting incident), and non-verbal interaction between the c ... ower between individuals and the manipulation of othersThe power structures apparent in the opening stages of A View from the Bridge are headed by Eddie being the most dominant. Catherine and Beatrice ...

(5 pages) 101 0 4.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Death of A Salesman - in depth analytical essay.

The Loman's are entrapped in an illusionary environment, filled with deception and deceit. The stage directions call the house "a dream rising out of reality" and this reflects the central theme ... ollow his dreams "to the end", even though his true interests were in becoming a carpenter.The last stage directions embellish an important correlation between the tragedy of Willy, and the environmen ...

(4 pages) 109 0 5.0 Oct/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Journeys end annotation.

Journey's end by RC SherriffThe stage directions in Journey's end at the beginning of the extract are of utmost importance because t ... re is a candle on the table which gets blown out, symbolising the doom and death of the men. In the stage directions it mentions the sunset,"towards sunset......light that slowly fades with the sinkin ... ises the fore coming death that is looming, the light imagery within the play shows this.Sherriff's stage directions suggest that Stanhope is anxious and nervous, he paces too and forth suggesting anx ...

(4 pages) 34 0 2.3 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Critical analysis of the opening scene of The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams.

ers and prepare the audience for later events in the play.The Glass Menagerie starts with extensive stage directions about how the set should look, and information about the period the play is set in. ...

(3 pages) 82 1 4.3 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"A Doll's House."

The very first scene in A Doll's House, opens with extremely precise and detailed stage directions. These stage directions are very important and relevant as they benefit the charact ... racters and the directors. This is so that they know the backgrounds to the event of the scene. The stage directions show us as the readers the type of character he/she is. It reflects back upon the c ... he play is based in Helmers apartment and goes straight into description.The very first line of the stage directions gives us the impression that the Helmer's are happy, "…room furnished comfor ...

(7 pages) 78 0 5.0 Jun/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Commentary (pages 11-14)

s undoubtedly the main character in the scene. Miller introduces these aspects of the play by using stage directions, music, and dialogue. Miller starts out by explaining the way the salesman's ... kitchen table with three chairs, and a refrigerator. But no other fixtures are seen."(pg 11) These stage directions add to the reader's knowledge that the house just has the essentials a house would ...

(4 pages) 29 0 3.0 Sep/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Commentary p.84-87

ng this conflict, Arthur Miller tries to aid the question of Willy Loman's failure. Using effective stage directions and dialogue, Miller gives the questioning audience more evidence that Willy will f ... arts slipping into his 'imaginary' world once more. Ben's theme music fades in while Ben appears on stage. Ben enters with a valise, and an umbrella, symbolizing Ben's sheltered lifestyle. This also s ...

(2 pages) 23 0 4.0 Sep/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Reviewing a recent production of the play, a critic has commented that Stanley is 'a threatening presence whose monstrousness is only fully revealed at the end.' Discuss

ening presence' is cunningly revealed by Williams long before the dramatic ending through Stanley's stage directions, language and behaviour. One critic, peter Fleming, referred to Stanley as 'a chara ... Williams reveals Stanley's character to the audience in a number of different ways. The initial stage directions in Scene One introduce an animalistic man who thrives on his own sexuality and the ...

(5 pages) 17 0 3.0 Jan/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Monster Book Review, Author: Walter Dean Myers.

the killing of the store's owner. Through his journal writings and his movie scripts, complete with stage directions, Steve shares his story of his observations of what he sees and hears from his pris ...

(5 pages) 54 0 5.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"The Glass menagerie" celebrates above all, the human need to dream. How far do you agree?

e dramatic techniques used in this play emphasize and contribute to the importance of dreaming; The stage directions used such as the musical motif contribute to this idea. The music celebrates the hu ... Amanda's dream.The imaginative lighting effects also contribute to the celebration of dreaming; the stage is lit with dim-lighting when Amanda reminisces her glorious past and dreams of a future in wh ...

(3 pages) 45 0 3.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Examine Act 3 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' closely, how does Shakespeare ensure that the scene is one of dramatic interest and how could a production enhance its effects?

Scene 5 is extremely long and mostly fast paced, shown by commas, Shakespeare's use of language and stage directions e.g. 'enter Nurse hastily'. This scene is pivotal to the play, things change as a r ... udience's views on more than one character. Act 3 Scene 5 is focussed on Juliet, and she remains on stage throughout. The scene begins with love, and ends in hate. It begins with the tenderness of Rom ...

(6 pages) 11 0 5.0 Jun/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare > Romeo & Juliet

"A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller.

transfer in power becomes apparent to the reader through a variety of techniques, such as dialogue, stage directions (for example, the chair - lifting incident) and non - verbal interaction between th ... wer between indivisuals and the manipulation of others.The power structures apparent in the opening stages of "A View from the Bridge" are headed by Eddie being the most dominant. Catherine and Beatri ...

(5 pages) 23 1 4.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Discuss the Importance and Dramatic Impact of the Inspector's Final Speech in "An Inspector Calls" by J.B.Priestley (continued).

ctor Goole's entrance is very important as it affects the whole mood and atmosphere. It says in the stage directions that the lighting should be pink and intimate, as it is a joyful occasion for the B ... the Royal National Theatre production of "An Inspector Calls", when the Inspector emerged onto the stage, the Birlings' house split into two allowing him in. Metaphorically, this represents how the I ...

(4 pages) 13 0 5.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Comparison and contrast of the ways of characterization used by the two playwrights in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire"

treetcar Named Desire. Both of them had a serious conversation with their partner. There are lot of stage directions in both therefore far more indirect characterization can be found than real ones.Mr ... ction among them because of the affair. This is expressed in mainly indirect thoughts of her in the stage directions: "she doesn't want friction, and yet she must", "quietly, fearing to anger him by p ...

(2 pages) 2232 0 0.0 Jan/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

How does Shakespeare establish characters and theme in the opening act of "Macbeth"?

akespeare uses a variety of techniques to establish his themes and characters, via the dialogue and stage directions in his play. The introductory actions of the characters, along with the location an ...

(4 pages) 40 2 4.8 Feb/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare > Macbeth