Bus Stop Analysis

Topics: Love, Marriage, William Inge Pages: 2 (385 words) Published: April 12, 2013
Brandi McKinney
Bus Stop
By: William Inge

Play Analysis

1. Given Circumstances
a. Environmental Facts
1. Kansas City, restaurant, and small town
2. Winter, cold, snowing
3. Middle class
4. High school and college
5. Church, school

2. Dialogue
a. Mid-west

3. Act 1. You meet all the characters. Grace and Elma work in a restaurant a bus has to make a stop because the storm is too bad. Carl comes in and talks. Then Cherie comes in. she is hiding from a “bf” but we don’t know it yet. Then Bo and Virgil comes in finds Cherie. Dr. Lyman likes to hit on Elma.

Act 2. Bo is forcing Cherie to marry him. She says no and a fight breaks out and Bo finds out he is too rough on women. Elma and Dr. Lyman make plans to go to Topeka. They have a little talent show. Cherie sings, Elma and Dr. Lyman do Romeo and Juliet, and Virgil plays the guitar.

Act 3. Bo says he is sorry for making things rough for everyone. Elma and Dr. Lyman say their good byes, Grace and Carl say their good byes, Bo and Cherie leave together to get married, and Virgil stays behind.

4. Character
a. Elma
1. Girl in high school
2. To make everyone happy
3. People in fights
4. Keep saying “I’m sorry”
5. She likes them all
6. Stays the same

b. Bo
1. Cowboy
2. Cherie and to be a better man, never been in a loving relationship 3. She doesn’t love him
4. Becomes a better man
5. He is o.k. with everyone but loves Cherie
6. Rough then sweet
c. Dr. Lyman
1. Doctor of science
2. Elma
3. She is too young for him
4. Sweet talks her
5. O.K. with everyone
6. Drunk through the whole thing

d. Virgil
1. Friend of Bo
2. To be some place different
3. Bo
4. Make sure Bo is happy
5. Gets along with everyone
6. Caring

5. Idea
a. Bus stop means thing change
b. Don’t run away from...
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