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Using Stanislavskys Method In The Lion And The Jewel By Wole Soyinka

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Topic: The conventions of, Constantine Stanislavski, can be applied to the acting styles and techniques of performers in the first scene of “The Lion and the Jewel” by Wole Soyinka.
In Wole Soyinka’s, “The Lion and the Jewel”, Stanislavsky’s method of motivation should be utilized in the performance being applied to the acting styles and techniques of Lakunle to enhance the viewer’s realization of themes in the play. The Lion and the Jewel is a play that uses comedy to address the customs of the Yoruba village. It is somewhat satirical, although, the message of the play entirely is the journey of accepting yourself and loving others.
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Often he dressed and acted as an outcast just to bring his character to life. While he acted he felt that to learn the character you had to be the character. His main interest was bringing the character to real-life. Stanislavsky wants the actor to portray true emotion by actually feeling the emotion, or by “standing in the character’s shoes.” Stanislavsky’s method of motivation applied to the actors and actresses constitutes the reality of their performance. Motivation is the practice of finding a motive for the character in order to portray the character correctly. This is especially useful when the actor is unable to use the emotional memory method, which involves the actor using prior experience to provide purpose for a certain action made on stage. With the motivation method, the actor is using knowledge of a certain event or emotion to effectively enact them. The actor is responsible for understanding this emotion and placing themselves in the circumstance. For example, an actress is asked to portray a teen who is being raped and it results in an unwanted pregnancy, this actress has not been in or around this situation. How will she get the emotion of the character to be expressed through her actions? To find the motivation for this she must study the effects of rape on in aspects like phycology, appearance, and even physical emotion. After research she has the motivation for her actions. Finding motivation in unfamiliar situations is vital to productions.
This method of motivation can be applied to “The Lion and the Jewel” to make the actors actions and words more believable. This analysis will be done through lines of the first scene. In this scene Lakunle is hoping to convince Sidi that being with him will benefit her more than staying in her village. “LAKUNLE: Wasted! Wasted! SIDI, my heart bursts into flowers with my love. But you, you and the dead of this village trample it with feet of ignorance.” Here an actor would have to examine the lines and emotion taking place within the character. Here the character is exclaiming to Sidi the love he has for her and the time she is wasting being in the village. According to Stanislavsky’s method, the actor must find a motive in which he will justify his...

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