Final Studyguide - Character Analysis Given Circumstances facts no opinions about each major character This includes gender age occupation physical

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Character Analysis Given Circumstances - facts, no opinions, about each major character. This includes gender, age occupation, physical condition, relationships, etc. The facts are from the playwright, not other characters Super Objective - what a character wants or needs that drives them through most of the play or all of the play Tactics/actions - what a character is willing to do to achieve a goal. They are stated as active verbs, not exact behavior Motivation - WHY? … Must be interpreted at times, as many characters don’t openly discuss their motivations. Be careful of applying 21 st century psychiatric issues to plays that take place in a time where those issues never existed Values - what a character believes to be true & important. No character has “no values”, even if you find their values appalling, they are not appalling to the character Theatre of the Absurd It was predominantly found in post WWII b/c highlighted the essential instability of human life. Many bad things happened during WWII, such as Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the Holocaust. It departs from realistic characters, situations and all of the associated theatrical conventions. Time, place and identity are ambiguous and fluid, and even basic causality frequently breaks down with meaningless plots, repetitive or nonsensical dialogue. Minstrelsy -slave entertainers played for the master -by the mid 19 th century, co-opted by white performers producers -Its intent was to mock African American culture. By the lat 19 th th century, black performers… still in black face Ira Aldridge (1807- 1867) He was a black actor. He was in fact, the first black actor to play Othello, even though Othello is a Moor (a Moroccan from Africa). He was never allowed to play the role here, only in Europe. In 1821, he was in the African Grove Theatre in NYC. In 1824, he was in England. Paul Robeson (1898- 1976) He was a lawyer, a Rhodes Scholar, an artist, and an activist. He was on “Showboat” in 1927, Othello in London in 1930, and Othello in NYC in 1959. This was one of the longest runs of Shakespeare on Broadway. In the early1950’s, he spoke out in praise of what the USSR was trying to do. This upset McCarthy & HUAC & he was blacklisted. Lloyd Richards (1923- 1992)
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This test prep was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course THEA 100 taught by Professor Mcgregor,annette during the Fall '05 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Final Studyguide - Character Analysis Given Circumstances facts no opinions about each major character This includes gender age occupation physical

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