Drama As A Vehicle For Making A Comment On An Aspect Of Society.

1355 words - 5 pages

Drama is a vehicle for making comment on an aspect of society. Through writing a play such as The Perfectionist, the playwright can raise issues and position the audience to respond to these issues in a certain way. This can be done through many different dramatic effects. The play "The Perfectionist" by David Williamson is a perfect example of drama working as a device to comment on aspects of society. In this case the aspects of society were the study of gender equality and of perfectionism in all aspects of life.David Williamson brings up the issue of gender equality by exploring the marriage of Barbara and Stuart Gunn. By examining this marriage we can see that the roles of men and women are definitely changing and that Barbara is obviously not happy with the role she has in her marriage. She tells this to Erik, however when he questions her, asking why she has not confronted Stuart, Barbara replies "...Because I am the last of the Victorian wives..." here she makes it quite obvious that there is a definite problem in the marriage and something needs to be done about it.David Williamson chooses many dramatic elements to show us this marriage and its troubles such as in the setting, language and actions used, structure, Barbara as a raisonneur and he concludes with a well chosen ending.The play is set in two separate places. They are almost opposite, different weather, different lifestyle, different people, different language and a different hemisphere. These two places are of course Australia and Denmark. When Barbara and Stuart move to Denmark there are already seeds of destruction in their marriage but the problem does not improve. Denmark seems to act as a catalyst to the problems and their relationship deteriorates. The dark, cold and stifling weather draws Barbara away from Stuart to the young blonde bombshell of Erik Larsen a man employed as their baby sitter.When Barbara and Stuart return to Australia they expect that all their problems will go away and that they will be able to make a fresh start however they return to find a new warmer country yet still with the same problems, both of them wanting to have control over the marriage and have dominance. They still do not realise that for their marriage to work they will need to compromise their wants and needs to make it possible for the other to find some happiness.Williamson has used the language of the characters in a very specific way. He has made them all very intellectual with educated language, they use long and complicated words. By making Barbara a clever woman, even an accomplished scholar we feel that because she is particularly clever she is more than her husband's equal. If she wants to she has every right to deserve an equal part in the marriage and an equal contribution from him. There is also a lot of argumentative language used in the script. Barbara always seems to be fighting with Stuart, however we are convinced by the reasonable arguments that Barbara is putting...

Find Another Essay On Drama as a vehicle for making a comment on an aspect of society.

Analysis of an aspect of a Specified Curriculum

2573 words - 10 pages core subjects only with no options, but in practice this is not found. All post-16 curricula found in the sources reviewed for this chapter appear to contain an element of voluntarism, with at least some optional or elective components selected by students. Expressed diagrammatically, the range of general possibilities is as illustrated in Figure 2.2.A curriculum with selection of optional or elective subjects from subject groups and with a

Comment on the pros and cons of privatization of social welfare services in Hong Kong society. Use the “LINK-REIT” as an example to illustrate your answer

4273 words - 17 pages Topic 6: Comment on the pros and cons of privatization of social welfare services in Hong Kong society. Use the "LINK-REIT" as an example to illustrate your answer.IntroductionThe Link-Reit (Real Estate Investment Trust) has long been a controversial issue ever since its launch. The issue in fact concerns the privatization of welfare services. The purpose of this paper is to review the worthiness of privatization in the midst of conflicts of

Ethanol as a Motor Vehicle Fuel

1254 words - 5 pages Ethanol as a Motor Vehicle Fuel Human society has been utilizing the limited inventory of fossil fuel for approximately 100 years. Due to its limited stock and availability a continuous search for alternative sources of fuel has proposed several alternatives to consider. Some of the alternative method includes rechargeable battery, fuel cell, alcohol based fuel, etc. There are two major types of alcohol that has been used as fuel. These are

Tess of the d'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy. Compare Angel to Alec discussing how each is used as a vehicle by Hardy to examine different aspects of society

1370 words - 5 pages so modest, so expressive, she had looked so soft in her thin white gown that he felt he had acted stupidly." Even at such an early meeting, he thinks of her as pure and perfect. This is one thing that shows that Angel is being held back by custom and conventionality.In higher society, it is a man's job to find a respectable woman who could take care of him and the house. Angel discovers that real work like farming is better then being a parson, so

Making a Successful Society

841 words - 4 pages positive qualities. America is still known as one of the best countries in the world, but there is always room for growth. Although there is no way to achieve a perfect society, we as Americans can always work towards making America as close as possible to perfection. Improving and raising our standards in the areas of ethics, collaboration, and social responsibility can help make outstanding differences in our country. Using all of these

Writers may use literature as a vehicle of social criticism. In which ways does Arthur Miller criticize society in his texts?

1347 words - 6 pages children’s deaths, she accuses witchery to compensate for her loss. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible serves as an allegory to the McCarthy era in the US, as a basis to satirize and criticize the Puritan society. Miller focuses on the role of women and education, mass hysteria and the spread of rumors of which accusations result.

The Making of a Just Society

2361 words - 10 pages lifestyle. They would have no knowledge of who they were to become politically, economically, or in any other manner, but would have a common knowledge to base decisions on. There are two main components to upholding the theory of keeping rules just; they are having equality in rights, and if there is to be an inequality then it has to benefit people, especially the least well off. Living in a society such as the United States there seems to be a

An In-Depth Analysis on the Prescription of Stimulant Medication as a Treatment for ADHD

1681 words - 7 pages Stimulant medication could be the miracle drug, or the most harmful thing to hit the younger generations. Medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are playing a prominent role in many adolescents’ lives, or the lives of people close to them. There is an “underground market” for medications like these, and the market is growing quickly. Whether just to make sure they pass that next test, or if they really believe they need it, stimulants

Analysis of the film 'Uncivilised' as an ideological vehicle of subjective expression and representation in Australian society

1892 words - 8 pages The film "Uncivilised" is an example of the amplified power of film as both an ideological tool of subjective expression and representation. Subverting and ignoring any truthful knowledge or realistic portrayal concerning the culture and character of Indigenous Australians, Uncivilised is simply an amalgamation of the prejudicial views against Aborigines during the colonial period and the early twentieth century. The film reveals a supremacist

Comment on the main themes of the novel, particularly the focus on social control and conformity as well as individuality, self-expression and a sense of freedom:

1037 words - 4 pages "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest is a honest yet disturbing approach to viewing human psychology, spirit and the society that we belong to. Within these central themes, the novel also comprises of other views such as the focus on social control and conformity as well as individuality, self expression and a sense of freedom. The tightly run mental asylum of Big Nurse is the abode of these themes and is merely a microcosm to the outside society

It has been claimed that "decision making is important to every aspect of a manager's job."

3073 words - 12 pages IntroductionJob design is the process of deciding which tasks and responsibilities will be undertaken by a particular employee. It also covers the methods, systems and procedures for the work. In today's business environment, proper job design can help a company to become more successful and competitive in the market. "The theory of job design, as we know it today, rests largely on the premise that effective performance and genuine satisfaction

Similar Essays

Comment On The Presentation Of Society In The Opening Of A Clockwork Orange Year 12 Essay

903 words - 4 pages destructive nature of society is highlighted through the attack on the middle class by the lower class as their only purpose is for self satisfaction. Burgess intends to depict the juvenility of the characters’ ultra-violent crimes inflicted upon helpless innocent people. This is all due to their remorseless and ruthless nature. Subsequently, they encounter the “doddery starry schoolmaster” who is symbolic of discipline and guidance. Despite the fact that

Poetry As A Vehicle Of Expression (Poetic Devices) William Blake

1326 words - 5 pages worth his care', Blake employs a host of rhetoric techniques in an exploration of the value and limitation of two perspectives on the world. His altered perception on the construction of love (as defined by nature and society) can be traced through the poetic patterns evident in constructing 'The Blossom' of innocence and 'The Sick Rose' of experience.Blake fathered the art of 'Illuminated Printing' in which the visual setting of a poem aids in

A Recreation/Reworking Of An Aspect Of The Text "Nineteen Eighty Four", Such As Adding To The Text

1588 words - 6 pages himself on his knees on the floor, with his hand clasped together. 'Comrade! Officer!' he cried. 'You don't have to take me! I will make a good serviceman in the Ministry. Please, I have a wife and two brilliant children.'It seemed inevitable that this man would be killed. He had refused an ingsoc command, administered by the leaders of the party and authorised by Big Brother. Immediately, as the man knelt down in tears, each of the other four

Q1. What Are The Strengths And Limitations Of Contemporary Crime Fiction As A Vehicle For Radical Social And Political Critique?

2591 words - 11 pages raises about this 'War on Drugs' and whether we can wage a War against a thing? Or is it merely just American propaganda used by politicians to group people together and pretend like they care. I will use HBO's television series The Wire and Stephen Soderbergh's film Traffic to portray how crime fiction can be used as a vehicle to critique for radical social and political critique. Such as America's capitalist society, the aspiration of the