1. Consider the ways in which at least two of the plays you
have studied make use of stock or stereotypical characters and compare the effects achieved.
Pygmalion: Clara, Clara’s mother.
The Importance of Beign Ernest: Lady Bracknell;
Gwendalyn and Cecily.
Effects: appearance vs substance; opposing characters (Keep
social norms, rules, balance); social contrast.
An adequate to good answer will discuss appropriate examples of these characters, showing how they are “stock or stereotypical” or broadly representational, either explicitly or implicitly, and the means by which these qualities are made evident to the audience. Answers will compare their dramatic impact on the respective works.
A very good to excellent answer may also discuss the impact of these characters in greater detail, with more persuasive selection and analysis of supporting references. It will reveal a greater awareness and evaluation of how even a brief appearance of a stock character may create a significant development in the drama.
2.Consider and compare the means by which at least two of the plays you have studied create moments of harmony and to what dramatic ends.
Pygmalion: relationship between Liza and Colonel Pickering –
Aim: difference between Higgings and Colonel Pickering; opposed to H.
The Importance of being Ernest: final scene social balance
An adequate to good answer will manage to identify moments of harmony and will suggest why the term is appropriate. It will achieve focus on the dramatic means by which such moments have been arrived at within the flow of action, and will attempt some effective comparison between the separate plays chosen.
A very good to excellent answer may offer a more detailed and sophisticated analysis of what constitutes a moment of harmony within drama. It may have a more nuanced account of how such moments emerge from less harmonious preceding action. Comparison from the plays selected should evaluate differences between kinds of harmony exemplified.
3. We are fascinated by the play of power and persuasion in
relationships: explore and compare the dynamics in relationships, and the dramatic means by which they are established, in at least two of the plays you have studied.
An adequate to good answer will provide examples of moments of interesting character dynamics and suggest how they have been created (by means of dialogue, stage action, use of props or setting etc) using a comparative approach.
A very good to excellent answer may also provide more specific and detailed examples of moments of interesting dynamics in relationships and their creation. It will more effectively and persuasively compare the means used by playwrights in their creation, as well as offering an evaluation of their significance/impact.
Pygmalion relationship between H. and Liza….change of roles at the end.
The Importnace of being Ernest: contraposition between Lady Augusta and Jack; the girls and their pretenders; Irony and Humour