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Types of Drama

A Comedy is a play that is amusing and ends happily. It often ends with a marriage(s).

A History play is a play in which past events are related to a particular thing.

Tragedy – a dramatic presentation of serious actions in which the chief character has a disastrous fate. The chief character is often presented with a tragic flaw. This often leads him/her to his/her death.

Tragic-comedy – a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found.

Theatre of the Absurd – A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development. This theatrical style originated in France in the late 1940’s.

Satire – A kind of writing that holds up to ridicule or contempt the weaknesses and wrongdoing of individuals, groups, institution, or humanity in general.

Farce – A type of comedy based on a farfetched humorous situation, often with ridiculous or stereotyped characters

Modern Drama – Modern drama is the Western development of drama beginning in the late 19th century

Melodrama – a dramatic work which exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions.

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Breath, Eyes Memory Character Analysis

Sophie

We first meet Sophie at age 12 living with her aunt Tantie Atie as her mother lives abroad (New York). Soon after she travels to New York to live with her mother and here we see role reversal where Sophie has to take care of her sick mother.

We see her stages of development from a 12 years old to an adult Sophie.

Tantie Atie

Tantie Atie is Sophie’s second Mom and has done a great job of caring for her until age 12 when she travels to live with her Mom.

She is a story teller and Sophie enjoys listening to them. It is important to note that Tantie Atie can not read and refuses to learn as she thinks her time has passed for learning.

Tantie too goes through a series of development as upon Sophie’s return as an adult to Haiti, she has learn to read. However, her definition of the role of a woman (husband and childbearing) being unfulfilled has left her bitter and angry.

Martine

Can be described as a tormented soul who is deeply disturbed by nightmares.

She loves her daughter fiercely but still harbours fear and hate for the unknown part of her which always brings her back to the most violent and humiliating day of her life.

Martine, a deeply disturbed character or Sophie, presents the most challenges.

Grandma Ifé

Can be described as a wise story teller, matriarch of the Caco family, strong and loving figure.

On the other hand, she carries out the violent and humiliating tradition of ‘testing’ her daughters to ensure their hymen was intact.

She is the character who helps Sophie finds the healing and freedom she needs from the past in order to move forward.

Joseph

He is Sophie’s husband and is the strong but silent type, incredibly patient and a bedrock for Sophie.

Marc Chevalier

Martine’s boyfriend who is characterised as “old-fashioned” in nature and is unwilling to give up the customs of everyday life in Haiti.

He is representative of Martine’s inability to move on from the past in Haiti and while Sophie blames him for her mother’s ultimate demise, he dutifully takes care of her final ceremony and is admired by Sophie for this action.

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Characters In the Play- Ti Jean and His Brothers

Gros- Jean– he is the first son, like his name suggests he was big and strong. Although he had excessive strength he was foolish. As such, he was quickly defeated by the devil.

Mi-Jean– he is the second son who thinks that he is the intellectual of the family. In reality he is a dumb moron who the Devil quickly overthrows by using his perceived intelligence against him.

Ti-Jean– He is the youngest son. His brothers see no worth in him. He is the one who has the true wits and with it he defeats the devil.

The Mother– She is deeply religious. Her life is not an easy one (poor, widowed, and abandoned by her son)

The Devil– the devil who presents himself in multiple ways. He destroys two of the sons.

Bolom– the unborn foetus who was killed by his mother. He delivers the devil’s message.

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Dulce Et Decorum Est

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” -Mark Twain

Hi, I am Guyanese Jamain Hatton.

I have been teaching CSEC English A and B for the past seven years. During this time I have noticed how unenthusiastic some students can be when they hear the word ‘Poetry’. As a result, I have decided to use my passion for Literature and the Arts to help cultivate a renewed perception of poetry in Caribbean students. 

Pay a visit to my YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/18jamii