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19284. FoucaultíS the Discourse of Language Versus BeckettíS Waiting for Godot.

This paper examines similarities and differences in Foucaultís views on language as expressed in his 1971 essay, The Discourse of Language, and the use of language in Samuel Beckettís play, Waiting for Godot. It is argued that Beckett and Foucault share the perspective that language often concerns issues of power and control. APA Style. 8 pages, 23 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 2,210 words. TAGS: Foucault, Beckett, language, power, control, use of language, philosophy, semiotics.

13909. "Tamburlaine the Great" by Christopher Marlowe.

Analyzes the elements of historical facts and personages in Marlowe's play, to see how Marlowe depicted the political and cultural history of his own day in an imaginative construction of the Far East. 8 pages, 7 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

13865. The Dramatic Function of the Scene.

A well-informed and interesting analysis of the scope and nature of the dramatic function of the scene within Western dramatic tradition. The major concepts are illustrated with numerous examples from Greek tragedies and Shakespearean drama. 12 pages, 10 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

13708. Shakespeare's the Tempest and Beckett's End Game.

Explores the common theme of forgiveness and human compassion which runs through both of these very different plays, with Shakespeare presenting the traditional happy ending in which wrongs are righted and justice restored, and Beckett presenting a hopeless ending in which the isolated acts of compassion, cruelty and forgiveness are mocked as the entirety of human existence. Argues that both plays deal with the serious theme of forgiveness and compassion in the guise of comedy and satire. 10 pages, 15 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

13644. John Vanbrugh.

Life and career of the seventeenth-century Englishman, including a discussion of the relationship between his work as a playwright and his work as an architect. Also discusses how he made his buildings appear ďdramaticĒ by using the baroque style. 5 pages, 21 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.

12487. Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe).

Argues that an important moral lesson is to be gained from this play. When Faustus' search for worldly power turns him to evil, he finds he must pay the consequences for this choice by spending eternity in hell after he dies. The paper also points out that although Lucifer tempted Faustus, he must nonetheless take responsibility for allowing himself to be lured to evil. 6 pages, 18 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

12486. Caesar and Cleopatra (George Bernard Shaw).

Argues that Caesar is the major character in the play, and that he represents Shaw's ideal of a "Great Hero." Even though Caesar is shown to have a human side, his qualities of ruthlessness and detachment cause him to stand in contrast to the weaknesses of the play's other characters. 8 pages, 25 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

10612. Four English Comedies.

Compares plots, stock figures, and treatment of love in Wycherly's "The Country Wife," Congreve's "The Way of the World," Farquhar's "The Beaux Stratagem," and Sheridan's "The Rivals." 6 pages, 9 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

09623. Wallace Shawn's "Aunt Dan and Lemon".

Review of Shawn's 1985 play which treats the theme of fascism and the inhumanity of a 'master race' from an indirect but effective viewpoint. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

08941. The Art of Comedy.

A discussion comparing the serious and tragic elements in Aristophanes' "Lysistrata", Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", and Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession". The essay argues that comedy has always had a serious social intent. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

08476. A Critique of the Chinese and Japanese Social Revolutions.

A critique of Barrington Moore's work which is based on the notion that feudal systems of agriculture and a privileged landed gentry must come into conflict with the political and social needs of modern democratic capitalism. 5 pages, 2 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

08019. Hamlet and Man and Superman.

A comparative study of the two plays which indicates both the surface differences between the plays as well as the underlying similarities between them and the influence of Shakespeare's work on Shaw. 9 pages, 44 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

05159. Harold Pinter's the Caretaker.

Pinter's dramatic study of the personal struggles of three men and their social milieu is reviewed. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

05158. Harold Pinter's the Landscape.

A criticism of Pinter's 1968 drama about a middle-aged couple, Beth and Duff, and their detachment from each other's moral realities. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

04786. The Theme of Incest in Two 17th Century Dramas.

Ford's "Tis Pity She's A Whore" and Deaumont and Fletcher's "A King and No King" are looked at for their treatment of incest. Ford is seen as more serious on the subject, with a moral purpose lacking in the work of Beaumont and Fletcher. 12 pages, 11 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

04782. The Revenger's Tragedy by Tourneur.

The Elizabethan tragedy is analyzed for the development of black humor, ironic reversal, revenge themes, and characterization. 12 pages, 7 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.

04616. Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

A thorough analysis of the juxtaposition of classical and Christian values in Marlowe's play, viewing the work as a Protestant vision of theological values. The characterization and plot are discussed in terms of the development of tragic narrative and blank verse in the Elizabethan drama. 15 pages, 4 footnotes, 5 bibliography.

03947. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

The parable of the two thieves from the Bible is related to the question of salvation as it relates to Vladimir and Estragon in the play. Both the Book of Job and the Gospel According to St. Matthew are also compared for their treatment in J.B. by Archibald MacLeish. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

03798. Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw's satire of love and war as related themes is reviewed; the characters and plot of Shaw's battle of the sexes is briefly related. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

03244. The Sacred and the Damned.

This essay explores the problem of Christian action and meaning by exploring two Elizabethan plays, "Doctor Faustus" by Marlowe and "The Tempest" by Shakespeare. Both plays are seen as having a Christian conception of fate and rejecting the principles of fatalism and cynicism. 10 pages, 9 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.

02568. Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw (A Review).

Shaw's espousal of the socialist doctrine of his day is examined in the play about poverty; the plot is viewed as a criticism of modern culture. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02567A. Four Images of Court Life in Jacobean and Caroline Drama.

The picture of court life in "Volpone" by Ben Jonson; "A Woman Killed With Kindness" by Thomas Heywood; "The White Devil" by John Webster; and "The Changeling" by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. The comic satire of Jonson's play is contrasted with the tragic view of the other three works. A comprehensive study of stage criticism of nobility. 11 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02215. The Influence of Technology on the Elizabethan and Restoration Theatres.

A studious comparison of the technical side of stage production in two major English theatrical epochs; the imaginative side of the Elizabethan dramatic is contrasted with the more highly developed technological staging of the Restoration era. The introduction of scenery and actresses is remarked upon. 10 pages, 14 footnotes, 28 bibliographic sources. Includes thesis outline.

02021. Elizabethan Drama and 17th Century French Drama.

A comparison of the golden ages of two theatrical cultures, contrasting the romantic and magical elements in the Elizabethan drama of Marlowe and Shakespeare with the neo-classicism of Racine, Corneille and Moliere. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01940. The Poet's View of God: Bradstreet's Puritanism v. Romanticism.

Anne Bradstreet's Puritanism is contrasted with the religious feeling of the romantic poets, and their views of nature and God reconsidered. 4 pages, 5 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. Also notes in text.

01903. The Function of Structure in Shaw's Drama.

George Bernard Shaw's use of stage technique and plot manipulation is examined as a break from the basic tenets of 19th Century realism. The skeletal structure of Shaw's plays is compared with that of works by Pinero and others; and his version of the "well-made play" is analyzed. 14 pages, 15 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.

01197. Beckett and Ionesco.

The philosophical views of the world in the works of the two playwrights of the absurd theatre are compared. The theme of physical and mental disintegration is considered in each. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00896. Marlowe's and Goethe's Interpretations of Faust.

The historical and philosophical differences between the two versions of the story are reviewed. The contrast between Marlowe's Satanism and Goethe's Romanticism is attributed to their different subjective realities. 9 pages, 8 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources. Also notes in text.

00872. "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett.

Universal elements of life-death instincts and meaninglessness in an absurd world are examined in Beckett's play, with the emphasis on pain and negation. 4 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic sources.

00829. Congreve S the Way of the World.

An elaborate discussion of the intricacies of plot in William Congreve's play. The characterizations and literary allusions in the book are treated in detail. 9 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

00762. Samuel Beckett's "New Vision, New Technique".

The new demands Beckett makes on dramatic technique and his resolution of some of those problems form the basis of this paper. Emphasis is placed on Beckett's vision of life as stagnant and repetitive for which original dramatic conventions of action and plot are inappropriate. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.

00566. The Existential Drama of Samuel Beckett.

The themes of nothingness and absurdity in Beckett's Waiting For Godot are studied, and some of the existential inplications of the play's characterizations reviewed. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00434. Aristotle's Poetics and Marlowe's Edward Ii.

An Aristotelian critique of the form and structure of Marlowe's play; the development and tragic ending of the play are judged inconsistent and unclear. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00265. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne.

A review of the role of playwright as social critic, looking at the impact and meaning of Osborne's play on the modern generation of playwrights (Albee, Pinter, etc). The themes alienation and despair are viewed in retrospect. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00176. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

The definition of wit, and Wilde's use of it in his play as a form of social commentary, is considered in this discussion of the playwright's comic technique. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

53801. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter.

Pinter's intent in writing a play based upon absurd characters and actions is considered; the roles of the commonplace in the theatre of the absurd and the function of the leading players is examined. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.,

53036. A Critique of Waiting for Godot.

An analysis of the techniques of dialogue and staging in Beckett's play, examining thcir influence on the themes of absurdity and meaninglessness in our world. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

53009. Christopher Marlowe.

An absorbing account of the life and work of the Elizabethan playwright, concentrating on elements of absolutist and Renaissance philosophy in his drama. Marlowe is seen as a rebel and a non-conformist who attacked religion and ignorance. 6 pages, 4 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

52301. The Character Teddy in Harold PinteríS "The Homecoming".

A character analysis of Teddy, the unexpected arrival in Pinter's play. The themes of the disintegrating family and our loveless society are discussed. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

52174. Puritanism and the Theatre in l7th Century England.

The political and cultural impact of the Puritan attack on the theatre is analyzed for its religious and moral perspective; specific tracts and speeches are cited, and the counterattack by the playwrights in the form of satire and ridicule, are fully covered. 9 pages, 10 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

52003. A History of the Theatre: 1500-1800.

A historical account of the European and American theatrical tradition from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, focussing primarily on the English and English-speaking drama. Important trends in French, German, Spanish, Italian and American drama are also summarized, and political and sociological. influences are briefly treated. 12 pages, 20 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.

16095. The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw.

A critical analysis of the Shaw play, examining the plot and characterization as they waver between comedy and melodrama; the depiction of human conventions and the critical reception afforded the play are also treated. 7 pages, 4 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

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