The actions and dialogue the characters make must be fluid and have a purpose. The playwright entices the audience with the different aspects to captivate their attention and keep it throughout the play. In The Illusion, Tony Kushner provides vivid details of the characters’ actions through dialogue. The actions characters perform absorbs the audience’s attention and leaves them wanting to see more of what will happen next to the characters. Although all aspects provided by the playwright are essential, action is the most riveting.
In some cases, a spotlight is positioned directly onto the actor/actress in order to signify the importance of each and every word spoken by the character. It helps the audience to develop awareness of their personality and the events proceeding. Soliloquies were very common in Elizabethan drama, and intensely used by Williams Shakespeare. He made great use of soliloquies in his legendary plays and used them for a wide range of purposes. However, they serve two main functions and they are: to provide information that helps the audience follow the plot or describe events that have occurred offstage.
Bosola can be described as a convincing character as unlike some of the characters in the play, his opinions and principles change throughout, therefore constantly altering the audience's feelings about him. He is the only character to communicate to the audience via soliloquy, divulging his true thoughts and intentions which often differ from his outward appearance, making him psychologically realistic and interesting. Although this would suggest he is a convincing character, Bosola, at times, falls into set roles of the Jacobean Tragedy; malcontent, satirist and avenger. Webster uses Bosola to fulfill these conventions of the genre and to direct and drive the plot, especially after the Duchess' death. Even though Webster uses Bosola in this way, he is more than a mere tool as his character extends beyond the established roles of the genre, giving a more complete character.
Lewis makes Proctor’s character feel more human and modern that the other characters, such as in the play itself. This is done by Lewis excellent ability to express the character’s emotions as if they were his own, thusly selling the performance of to the audience. Paul Scofield is also able to accurately portray his character in Judge Danforth. His ability to stand his ground and be obstinate, as his character in the novel is, while also seemly being the “cardboard villains” many critics have labe... ... middle of paper ... ... but lost on his character, and made Parris’ character rather dull and unimportant. His change in heart near the end also seem unconvincing and was less effective than in the novel.
William Shakespeare uses his plays not only to entertain the audience, but also to push the audience toward self-evaluation. The brilliance of Shakespeare is that his plays may be interpreted in different ways. The Tempest is not simply a fictional story meant to entertain the audience, but also a complete figurative narrative meant to mirror the art of the theatre. In this play each character represents a significant part in the alternate interpretation of the narrative. Examination of specific characters and their corresponding role in the theatrical world encourages a deeper understanding of self-reflexivity of The Tempest; which highlights William Shakespeare’s struggle to relinquish his art.
I know not if’t be true, But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as it for surety. He holds me well, That better shall my purpose work on him.” (1.3:380-... ... middle of paper ... ...s Othello would not have the same effect on its viewers is the soliloquies did not exist or occur. They are a vital part of the play which adds to the dramatic tension and gives the audience a comprehensible grasp as to what the characters are about to execute on stage. Soliloquies are effective as they not only give the audience information as to what is happening on stage, but they also allow for further insight into the character formation. If every play in the world was to use soliloquies it would be strange, but imagine just how much more comprehensive it would be for people to have a deeper understanding of what they were viewing.
The Importance of Dramatic Tension in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge Throughout A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller creates and sustains dramatic tension to keep the audience’s attention. He also uses dramatic tension to guide and provoke the audience’s thoughts and responses towards A View from the Bridge. He does this by using different techniques, for example, posing unanswered questions in the audience’s mind and using dramatic pauses. Arthur Miller also controls the amount of tension between the characters to create highs and lows in the plot on stage, but in fact could effectively raise the awareness of the audience of the underlying tension suppressed between the characters. A View from the Bridge in told a series of flashback in the point of view of Alfieri, the lawyer and the narrator of the play.
The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht In this essay I will consider the life and works of Bertolt Brecht, the famous theatre practitioner who has had such a dramatic impact on our understanding of the theatre and acting. First of all I will give a biography of Brecht because it is important to know the background of his life in order to understand the motives he had for writing and producing plays in the way he did. We will see a direct correlation between events in his life and the plays and techniques that he propagated. I will then move to explore the methods and techniques that Brecht developed, looking at how they came about and who influenced his work. I will look at Brecht’s theory of Epic theatre, tracing the beginnings of this style and looking at the influences that may have helped to form it.
Juliets inner conflict comes across well here, as it shows her true feelings effectively. Her conflict shows as she says that she will look, but if she does not like him than she will not marry him. This, I feel, i... ... middle of paper ... ...on stage and in the script produce are vital to the play as the audiences in Shakespeares time were keen on these types of tragedies and liked to watch the dramas unfold. Although they were written for these audiences, the conflicts and feelings still have some relevance today and this adds to our modern-day understanding of the play. This means that although that conflicts are presented in a Shakespearian time language and setting, the play can still be enjoyed and appreciated by many in the present day.
Don Berry/Page 4 The play poses some problems to a modern director whose skills in adaptation to suit audience will invariably never compare to Shakespeare's, the main reason is that although the actors may have the skill to convey the plot and mood to the vast majority of the audience many of the play's elements including the subtle language changes, the quick-fire punning and the numerous mythical, biblical and historical references will go over most of the audiences head. However this will not spoil the play for the audience, it can still be enjoyed because of the fast moving plot and romance.