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15709. Tartuffe (MoliÈRe).

Discusses the influences on Molière's style, and how the play Tartuffe shows elements of comedy (for example: unrealistic situations, stereotyped characters for satiric purposes, humorous use of language, and other comedic elements). 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

13074. Henrik Ibsen and the Context of the Time in Which He Lived.

Using examples from his plays, this paper shows how Ibsen was influenced by such things as the rise of individual rights, the realist movement in art and literature, and the problems of sexual disease. Also discusses his criticism of the superficial values of the middle class, and notes that "A Doll's House" was concerned with individual rights in general rather than with women's rights in particular. 11 pages, 26 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

11608. Ibsen's the Doll's House and Kate Chopin's the Awakening.

Feminist-oriented comparative analysis of two stories of women in a man's world, longer on Kate Chopin including a brief biography. 8 pages, 19 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

10273. Le Cid.

Critique of Corneille's 1637 tragedy, LE CID, the story of the life of a Spanish 11th century warrior; describes Corneille's theory of drama. 5 pages, 14 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

10167. Contemporary Russian Theater.

Report describes roots of Russian contemporary theater, Stalinist repression of drama, and emergence of a new theatrical focus in which limited freedom of expression is possible. 10 pages, 27 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.

09989. Henrik Ibsen's an Enemy of the People.

A review of Dr. Stockmann's role in Ibsen's play about public corruption; compares Ibsen's hero to the modern figure of Karen Silkwood. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

09354. Moliere's the Would-Be Gentleman and Modern Comedy.

Analyzes the social climbing behavior of Moliere's Mr. Jourdain and contrasts it with modern comic depictions of the ignorant who suddenly come into a lot of money. 5 pages, 3 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

09179. "The Master Builder" by Henrik Ibsen.

Critical review of Ibsen's last play, discussing social problems versus individual problems in the play, and the author's role of self in the play. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

08710. Realism and Plot in Dumas' Camille and Verdi's La Traviata.

Compares and contrasts the presence of realism in Dumas' play and Verdi's opera. Overall, Verdi is found to be far more romantic than Dumas. 5 pages, 6 footnotes in text, 2 bibliographic sources.

08283. "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov (A Review).

Discusses tragic elements, themes, and subplots present in Chekhov's four-act play. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

07383. The Unicorn in Mythology.

Well-written summary of what is known about unicorns, from Chinese, Arab and Russian legends as well as European. How unicorn was accepted by Greeks and Romans as a real beast, various legends and lore, the fact that non-virgin women may also attract unicorns (but men and elephants are their natural enemies). 7 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

07363. The Theme of the Quest in Ivan Ilych and Ghosts.

Essay on the theme of the quest in two tales: Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych and Ibsen's play Ghosts. For Ivan Ilych, the quest for self-knowledge leads to a deathbed transformation bringing true happiness, while for two main characters in Ghosts, their desire to know the truth (and to reveal their guilty secrets) brings only despair and madness. 6p. 2b. (notes in text).

07362. Illusion and Reality in Ibsen's Ghosts.

Essay on the force of illusion and self-deception in this tragic play, focusing on the two main characters, Oswald Alving and Mrs. Alving. Analyzes their relationship in terms of illusions, while summarizing the action of the play. Concludes that Ibsen considered illusion a much stronger force in the lives of his characters than reality. 5p. 1b. (notes in text).

07195. Garcia Lorca’S “Blood Wedding” and “House of Bernarda Alba” (A Comparison).

Criticism and summary of Lorca's Spanish plays in which the commitment of women to social codes causes passion to turn destructive. Focuses on the hidden feelings of the characters and how these erupt after being repressed. 6 pages, 10 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

06689. "The Condemned of Altona" by Jean-Paul Sartre.

A character analysis of Franz, the skeleton in the closet of a prosperous shipbuilding dynasty family, from Sartre's five-act drama examining the moral conscience of modern post-war Germany. 5 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.

06688. Love and Honor in Corneille's Tragedies.

The conflict between love and honor that faces the heroes and heroines in three plays -- The Cid, Horace and Polyeucte -- is examined in this study. 1Op. 7f. 1b.

05969. "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen.

An examination of Hedda Gabler's character in terms of her resemblances to a contemporary middle-class woman. 5 pages, 4 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

05945. "The Radiance of the King" by Camara Laye.

A review of the novel "The Radiance of the King" by West African writer, Camara Laye. Clarence’s journey is a revelation, as he discovers the shameful and beautiful realizations of his own convoluted, arrogant humanity in the splendor of the king. 6 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic sources.

05261. America's China Policy.

A discussion of the policy of the United States towards China since the Communist victory of 1949. The focus is on shifting directions of U.S. policy. Problems of American foreign policy fornulation particularly the absence of mass domestic "constituencies" for foreign policy options are considered. 9 pages, 6 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.

04785. Major Plays of Henrik Ibsen.

Thorough discussion of many of Ibsen plays during two distinct period of his writing periods. Includes analyses of his works with emphasis on themes of illusion versus realty ("The Wild Duck") and notes on semi-autobiographical aspects of his reputation as a master of dramatic psychology and psychopathology. Also how Ibsen's breaks from the contemporary writings of the time led others to copy and follow in his wake as a sensorial maverick defending illusory happiness. 9 pages, 7 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.

04364. A Directorial View of the Trojan Women.

Some of the problems of characterization and staging in the production of the Greek tragedy are considered; elements of costume, scenery, chorus and lighting are treated and staging suggestions made. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

04362. Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" for the Modern Spectator.

A unique concept of a possible staging of Shakespeare's most unwieldy tragedies, using the theories of Antonin Artaud and a variety of modern theatrical techniques. Sensationalism and electronic effects are considered as tools of experimental drama. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.

03824. The Sociology of Chekhov's Art.

A substantive, comprehensive study of the discovery by Chekhov of the emotional and social phenomena behind the events of everyday life. Chekhov's style is analyzed and his major sociological concerns are related to the political events of l9th Century Russia. A review of Chekhov's life and career is included, along with extensive quotes from his works and a full analysis of his contribution to modern theatre. 21 pages, 10 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.

03812. Inhegenia in Tauris by Goethe and Penthesilea by Kliest.

A comparison of two German plays dealing with neoclassical themes of women's role in society, contrasting the tragedy of Kliest with the aspects of romantic comedy in Goethe's work. 4 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

03693. A Man Is a Man and St. Joan of the Stockyards by Bertolt Brecht.

Two plays about capitalism and imperialism are examined in light of Max Weber's theory of "onner-worldly asceticism"; the theme of religion as an opiate and asceticism as a pre-condition for capitalism is considered in each work. 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

03607. "Faust" and "The Elective Affinities."

Goethe's image of the Byronic hero is examined in two of his works, with Faust seen as pulled by the negative energy of evil. 4 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

03422. St. Joan of the Stockyards by Bertolt Brecht.

Elements of Marxist economic theory and fundamental humanity are considered in Brecht's play about an uprising among stockyard workers in Chicago; the themes of emancipation from religion and alienation from work are related to Marxism and the cycles of the capitalist economy. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02464. "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov.

The interaction of the main characters of Chekhov's domestic drama is studied for its themes of past and present; peasant and aristocrat; and change and reaction. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

02327. Genet the Divine.

Sartre's view of Genet's metaphysis in Our Lady of the Flowers is examined. Genet's thought is seen as an act of the imagination, creating fantasy worlds in which Good and Evil eventually become as real as the characters themselves. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02019. The Spanish Comedia.

In this paper, the evolution and derivation of the Spanish commedia theatre of the sixteenth and seventeenth century are explored; Renaissance themes and the ideas of Lope de Vega and Cervantes are looked at. KEYWORDS: Spain theater history. 5 pages, 1 footnote, 4 bibliographic sources. 1,142 words.

01943. Moliere's "Tartuffe" and Aristophanes' "The Birds".

A brief comparison of the leading characters of the two plays, Tartuffe and Pisthetairos. The moral themes of Moliere and the satire of Aristophanes are contrasted. 4 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source.

01806. When We Dead Awaken by Henrik Ibsen.

A discussion of the "exercise in creation" and the psychological elements of the characters in Ibsen's play. 4 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01296. Elements in the Drama of Chekhov, Shaw and Brecht.

Three modern playwrights are examined in depth. Particular consideration is given their talents in organizing space and time into scenic staging. Chekhov is seen as the master of stagecraft, Shaw as the theatrical philosopher, and Brecht as the revolutionary theoreticician of modern theater. 18 pages, 9 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

01115. The Theatre of Gombrowicz.

A psychological study of the themes and characters of the Polish playwright's drama; the technique of "deformation" as a liberation from formal elements in such works as The Marriage and Ivena is wxamined and criticized. 9 pages, 7 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

01037. Anton Chekhov.

A brief biographical sketch of the Russian playwright's career, focussing on his work as a doctor and the failing health that forced him to travel. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00867. Concepts of Enlightenment in Lessing's Plays.

The intellectual thrust of Gotthold Lessing's attack on the spirit of neo-classicism and French rationalism are examined. The German playwright's interpretation of Enlightenment thought and his themes of tolerance and nationalism are considered in two plays, "Minna V. Barnhelm" and "Nathan Der Weise." 10 pages, 5 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

00504. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre.

A brief examination of the drawing room setting of Sartre's play as a microcosm of hell; characters and the failed morality of human relationships are commented on. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00453. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht.

A comparison of Brecht's use of political and social themes with their use in the original on which his play was based, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera; stagecraft and adaptation of themes are discussed in both works. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

00290. Ibsen's a Doll's House.

The issues of women's liberation dealt with in Ibsen's play, and the contemporary events surrounding the production of and publication of the play, are examined in this essay. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

00168. Sartre

The French philosopher's concern with existential issue of freedom and slavery is examined in his plays, No Exit, The Flies, and Dirty Hands, and is viewed in a larger contest in The Devil and The Good Lord. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

53805A. The Transformation of Myth in “the Infernal Machine” by Jean Cocteau.

The transformation of Greek myth into modern tragedy in Cocteau's play is studied. The unreality of myth and the irony of its changelessness are looked at as absurd and tragic aspects of the play. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.

53753. Moliere's Tartuffe and Religious Hypocrisy.

The controversy attendant upon the performance of Moliere's attack on religions cant and corruption is reviewed. Several critical views of the possible targets of the playwright's barbs are offered. KEYWORDS: moliere tartuffe religion. 6 pages, 9 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

53334. Waiting for Godot.

The psychological and philosophical meaning of Beckett's play are pondered; the attack on logic and the contrasts of conscious and unconscious elements in the characterizations are noted. 8 pages, 3 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

52644A. The Theatre of Vladimir Meyerhold.

The theories and methods of the avant garde Russian producer and director are examined. His role as a policymaker and his relationship with Stanislavsky are viewed and his attack on method-acting is discussed. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.

52124. The Philosophical Essence of Faust.

Goethe's philosophical views on the nature of man and the nature of good and evil are examined; the relation of God to the existence of evil, and the differences between man and devil are studied. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources. 2,054 words.

51915. Sound and Silence in the Cherry Orchard.

Chekhov's use of pauses and natural sounds are studied for their effect and intent; the relation of music and sound to realism is considered, and Chekhov's stage direction examined for symbolic purposes. 10 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

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