The Differences and Similarities Between Plays
Plays express different plots, yet authors use similar writing methods to convey a particular point. For example, one play discusses serious matters, while another play has a comedic tone. However, both plays use physical movement to represent a character’s mood. Death Knocks, Fly, and Our Town are three very different plays with different themes yet these plays use a lot of similar writing styles.
Between the three plays Death Knocks, Fly, and Our Town I believe Fly uses the most physical movement. One example being the Tap Griot, because of this character the audience is able to understand the emotions of the airmen much easier. Also, some characters represent their personality by the way they stand or walk. An example being when watching the play we see the three airmen finish putting on their uniforms, but only when the pilot is not watching. However, when the pilots do look at the airmen the airmen stand very tall and straight with the exception of W.W.. W.W. does not finish changing into his uniform. Also, instead of standing very straight he stands in more of a posing way. Therefore we realize that W.W. is rebellious, funny, and different from the other characters. Similarly, Death Knocks also represents a character’s personality throughout the play with physical movement. For example, when reading the beginning of this play, the play opens up with Death falling into Nat’s room, and the play continues to make Death a very clumsy character. Death also acts very casual around Nat as if Death is Nat’s best friend. Therefore, we realize the author is representing Death as a relax and easy-going character instead of the usual serious and terrifying individual. This makes the play even more hilarious because of the irony.
These three plays show the expression of different techniques to convey humor in a play. Such as Death Knocks and Fly both represent humor through physical movement and irony. Simply by the way a character walks, or if a scene ends up being something the audience does not expect. One example being, in Fly we think W.W. is slowly...