The Analysis of The Play Dangerous Corner by J.B.Priestley
John Boyton Priestley is one of the outstanding English authors. His Time Plays brought him world fame. He was the first one who used time tricks in his works. Priestley`s most famous novels are They Walk In The City, Angel Pavement, Wonder Hero, Far Away, Bright Day, but I`d like to analyze his creation which was his first effort in dramatic art, the extract from the play Dangerous Corner.
According to its metaphorical title we can guess that the play describes a dangerous situation and dangerous corner can be considered as a dead end, a rather difficult situation which has no way out. This fact proves that its title is figurative. The word corner is like a turning point in one`s life-someone has courage to turn around it, to face all the difficulties and cope with them but others haven`t, they are afraid of losing their illusions and the aim of life.
The scene is laid in a cosy-drawing room.
The given extract can be divided into 3 logical parts: 1st is the beginning of the story, conversation about the play "The Sleeping Dog"; 2nd part shows us a nervous dialog between Olwen and Robert; 3rd is dialog between Freda and Robert and its consequences.
The plot structure concludes all its constituent parts: the exposition (authors remarks before the firs dialog), the story itself (characters express their opinions about the truth and lie, tense dialog between Freda and Robert), climax (Robert's suicide), closed denouement (last author's remarks).
This play deals with some opposite themes such as Truth and Lie, Deception and Sincerity, Love and Betrayal. From the stylistic point of view, a play is a stylized dialogue because of the effect of natural speech: there are a lot short sentences, interruptions, cases of aposiopesis, mixture of bookish and colloquial style and of course the author`s remarks in brackets. As for the message, it`s sounds like Let the sleeping dog lie.
The situation described in the play deals with the state of affairs in the family of Caplans. From the beginning we can see the development of two plots: wireless play and the situation on the stage which are mixed. The wire less play is called The Sleeping Dog which is neither more nor less than the allusion to the proverb let the sleeping dogs lie (не буди лихо,пока лихо тихо),which is like the truth which shouldn`t be disturbed. But not all the characters agree with this statement. Robert Caplan starts investigating the trifling facts about his brother`s suicide. A big quarrel leads to Robert`s suicide.
In the plot structure there`s exposition where we make the acquaintance of the characters and it`s also the incitement for the quarrel; climax where all the truth is revealed and the denouement-the revolver shot and Robert`s suicide. But if you read the whole play but not several fragments, you`ll find out that in fact the denouement is the second variant of...