DRAMATIC PURPOSE

I           THE DRAMATIC PURPOSE OF A SCENE A specific scene in the play may be said to have dramatic purpose if it achieves one or more of the following: ¨      The revelation of the nature of important characters ¨      The revelation of opposition to or loyalty to an important character ¨      The linking of…

Albee Surrealism

-The story takes place in the early morning, when it’s still dark -Dark>night>dreams/nightmares -a lot of cursing (God, Jesus Christ), absurd, shocking -a lot of alcohol is consumed throughout the play -Touches on certain taboos (both personal and social) -Pregnancy before marriage (Nick married Honey because she was pregnant) -George and Martha’s “son” is also…

The Story of Oedipus

We don’t know whether there was a historical Oedipus. “Oedipus” means “swollen feet”. The Greeks pronounced it “oy-DEEP-us”. Oed- is the same root as “oedema / edema” (tissue swelling; the British preserve the initial “o”), while “-pus” is feet (hence “octopus”, the eight-footed animal.) Laius and Jocasta were king and queen of Thebes, a town…