Final Performance Analysis
Our performance was based on an earlier performance that happened as such. In order to satirize a law recently passed in Arizona, which allowed anybody to be pulled over with suspicion of being an illegal immigrant, we dressed up as police officers and pulled over obviously legal citizens in order to make a point. One can’t be pulled over simply on the grounds that they could be illegal immigrants - This means anybody with darker skin, basically. Now that I’ve sent the context, I’ll move onto our performance in front of the class. As performers we did a terrible job, with the exception of one or two. Everything was read off the paper and there was no connection with the audience. There’s a big difference between the way you read something and the way you speak to somebody. Our medium was voice. No meter, rhyme, alliteration, was used in our performance. It wasn’t creative. I can understand the absence of rhyme and alliteration, as it’s a more serious performance, but meter was nonexistent and could have helped engage the audience more. Sociohistorically, our campaign made a lot of sense. It’s true that illegal migration is on the rise and it’s also true that many people are being falsely accused of being illegal immigrants, but not in our area and not to the audience we had. I don’t think we targeted the right audience with our social campaign and that affected the audience’s ability to really focus and feel for our activist campaign. That reason exactly is why our campaign decided to be located in Arizona, where this law and the migration problems are a big deal, especially over an area like Davis, California. We tried to lead the audience with a positive rhetoric, allowing them to ask questions, being rather transparent, not forcing anything upon them, and provided them opinions of not just us, but also some bystanders from the campaign scene in Arizona. A positive rhetoric allows people to make their own decisions where people...
October 14, 2011
The show SpringAwakening in a nutshell, is about a bunch of kids discovering who they are and what they’re bodies are going through. The children all experience sexual fantasies, question life, rebel, and have loads of angst. The play set in a provincial German town in the 1890s, deals with incest, suicide, sex, abuse, pregnancy, and first loves. A really inspiring play that shocked audiences with its audacity when first performed in 1917. The debut performance almost didn't take place because the New York City Commissioner of Licenses tried to shut it down, claiming that the play was pornographic in nature. A very controversial show even today and is highly respected throughout the theatre world.
1. My overall visceral reaction to SpringAwakening was very surprising to me personally, because I did not expect to have such a deep emotional experience with it. When I saw the show at the Adrienne Arsht it was fantastic but it did not leave me with the feeling I had after this show. I connected much more the show this time and the actors made everything very real for me. I must say I was thoroughly impressed.
2. The playwright wants us to “take away” from the show the message that children should be allowed to express their feelings without authority crashing down on them. To make your own independent person so that...
...The Awakening Essay
There is nothing that Edna Pontellier wants more than to be unbounded and free from society’s expectation of women. In “The Awakening”, Kate Chopin clearly exhibits her personal stance on women’s roles through the main character. The characterization of Edna allows her personal passion to alter her personality and make several prominent changes to her lifestyle.
To start things off, it is unmistakable that Edna was not a conventional woman. Even from early on in the novel, Chopin clearly states that “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother woman.” Mother women were abundant at Grand Isle and were described as women who idolized their children and worshipped their husbands. One of the mother women, Adele Ratagnolle, was the epitome of the term and served as the foil to Edna. Adele was described as “the embodiment of every womanly grace and charm whereas Edna was “rather handsome than beautiful.” By introducing Madam Ratagnolle, Chopin successfully emphasizes the contrast between Edna and the ideal of a perfect woman at the time.
Moreover, by meeting new people and going through various experiences, Edna awakened her inner desires and urges. “At a very early period she had apprehended the dual life—that outward existence and the inward life” Chopin implies that Edna has always had a curious and rebellious nature to her. Edna leads one life, but deep within her she seeks something entirely different. An indication...
...The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899, set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century. The plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.
Kate Chopin’s The Awakening was a bold piece of fiction in its time, and protagonist Edna Pontellier was a controversial character. She upset many nineteenth century expectations for women and their supposed roles. One of her most shocking actions was her denial of her role as a mother and wife. Kate Chopin displays this rejection gradually, but the concept of motherhood is major theme throughout the novel. Edna is fighting against the societal and natural structures of motherhood that force her to be defined by her title as wife of Leonce Pontellier and mother of Raoul and Etienne Pontellier, instead of being her own, self-defined individual. Through Chopin’s focus on two other female characters, Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, Edna’s options of life paths are exhibited. These women are the examples that the men around Edna contrast her with and from whom they obtain their expectations for her. Edna, however, finds both role...
...she cast the unpleasant, pricking garments from her, and for the first time in her life she stood naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon her, and the waves that invited her.
How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky! how delicious! She felt like some new-born creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it had never known.
The foamy wavelets curled up to her white feet and coiled like serpents about her ankles. She walked out. The water was chill but she walked on. The water was deep, but she lifted her white body and reached out with a long, sweeping stroke. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”
The Awakening, Chapter XXXIX, Page 160.
The novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a woman, who is held in chains by the social conventions common to the late nineteenth century, where the story takes place. One day Edna awakens out of the role given to her by society and begins to listen to her inner wishes and feelings which guide her to her “self”. From now on Edna developes to an independent and liberate young woman, who lives her life for herself, not for her husband and not for her children as it would have been expected of a woman out of this time. She gives up her old life to start a new one. It seems as if Edna closes every door behind her, so that there will not be a way back into her past life even...
...Literary Analysis of The Awakening
In “The Awakening,” Edna and Adele, the protagonist and antagonist, are both mothers trying to make it in the Creole society. Edna’s character rejects the roles of society given to her and the burdens of these expectations are expressed throughout; whereas, Adele is viewed as a motherly figure who is confident, and powerful in her life. The main topic that is expressed throughout the story is feminism, the process of creating equal rights for both men and women. Chopin reveals how women are being defined by a male construct of motherhood that not only denies their individual identity but also reinforces a sense of inferiority for women (Streater 407). Ironically, Adele and Edna are faced with the same limitations and situations; they just choose to handle them differently.
Adele’s character is introduced as a “motherly-woman” (Streater 406). Her role as a feminist shows how she is selfless outside of her societal roles. Adele is a devoted wife and mother, the ideal nineteenth-century woman. Adele spends her days caring for her children, performing her domestic duties, and ensuring the happiness of her husband. Her character “refuses to be silenced and this makes her a powerful feminist role model” (Streater 410). Adele is portrayed as “a mother, femme fatale, a saint, and a wild woman” (Streater 409), in doing this, she reveals an identity that confuses the reader about her “authority...
...Frank Wedekind's play SpringAwakening represents an adult's reflection on childhood, the repercussions of ignorance, and the consequence of inhibiting the spread of knowledge to those without it. Although very brief and lacking in extreme detail, this work has a profound aura; it leaves the reader with thoughts of how things could have resolved themselves better had key characters acted differently. It also gives a sense of the sanctity of youth and the dangers of growing up too fast. When we are forced to learn on our own, without the guidance of those who we desperately need it from, do we end up in irreversible positions that we never could have fathomed in the first place? This play gives definitive answers to all the questions surrounding the coming of age, the SpringAwakening.
Looking at childhood (namely adolescence), from both an outside perspective and inside, reveals just how differently children and adults view the world. The children in this play see the world as full of discoveries that need to be made in order to grow up. In addition, they don't necessarily want to find out all these things on their own. The guidance of the adult figures, e.g. teachers and parents, is sorely missed by the children in the story. When trying to learn where children come from, the character Wendla naturally turns to her mother. Rather than even attempt to answer her daughter's question, Frau Bergman immediately succumbs...
“The only person you will ever have to lean on for the rest of your life is you.”
Everyone at some point feels loneliness and it is when we are lonely that we truly discover ourselves. The title of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening is appropriate and foreshadowing of the protagonist’s journey into self-discovery. Edna Pontellier is forced into self-discovery when she finds herself in solitude throughout the novel. Edna’s husband, children, friends and lovers are scarce leaving Edna to be isolated in her own thoughts.
Edna is a married woman vacationing at her summer home with her family. Edna’s husband conforms to gender stereotypes of this time and is devoted more to his work than to his family, and believes he holds dominance over his wife solely because he is male. In the first chapter of the novel Mr. Pontellier leaves Edna for Klein’s Hotel and doesn’t return for hours. This is the first of many instanced when Edna is isolated from her husband for long periods of time. Edna quickly becomes rebellious toward her husband. In her time alone she realizes that she doesn’t need him and can be perfectly happy on her own. Edna relishes in her first experience of talking back to her husband enjoying the power she suddenly feels over him. Mr. Pontellier eventually takes a business trip to New York later in the novel and never appears again.
Edna and her husband have two children but they are rarely mentioned by...
Silent Spring is a book that makes just about everyone think, except for the major chemical companies that it was attacking. This is definitely one book that help shaped how we look at the environment today and also how we approach it. Rachel Carson aimed for a book that was going to open peoples eyes to what really was happening and who and what was doing it. She nailed this right on the head, while the book was very technical when it came to talking about the details of DDT, it was written at a level that everyone could understand and relate too. Easily this could be one of the most important books written in American history, where would we be without it and how would our future have turned out.
While this book was aimed for the public to be able to understand, it also directly attacked the companies who were manufacturing the chemicals that people were using, especially DDT. If one were to try to explain how DDT worked at the chemistry level, most people would think your insane, but Carson is able to explain the devastating effects of this chemical in a way that everyone can understand. She does this by explaining the process chemically first, but then switches gears into how it is hitting people at home. This starts in the first chapter where she begins with “There once was a town…”. This is the beginning of the account that shaped Americans way of looking at the environment, especially when it...