Dangerous Corner Written by British Journalist

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The text under the title “Dangerous Corner” was written by British journalist, novelist, playwright, and essayist – John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984). Priestley's output was vast and varied - he wrote over one hundred novels, plays, and essay. The text under the study is a play. The society of several men and women sitting in a cosy drawing-room and idly discussing the wireless lay they have just heard is described in the plot. Initially the conversation goes around the play but gradually it approaches the theme of truth and lie. It turns out that only Robert is sure truth has always to be said, the rest come to think that people are likely to lie and often they do so undeliberately. Here we observe the problem of the play – the author assumes mankind applies lies uncautiously and this causes lots of handicaps and troubles in life.

Analysis of the play “Dangerous Corner” by J.B. Priestley

J.B. Priestley is one of the outstanding English authors of today. His Time Plays brought him world fame. He was the first one who used time tricks and flashback in his works, which made the break in the means of development of the character. Characters of his plays appear in a new light before our eyes, and the time trick allows us to investigate them in a new, deeper level. The extract I’m going to analyze is taken from the play “Dangerous corner”. According to its title we can guess that the play describes some dangerous situation, it implies that “dangerous corner” is a dead end, a difficult situation, which has no way out, like “to be in a tight corner”. But to my mind there can be one more interpretation of the title: “corner” – like a turning point in one’s life – some people have courage to turn around it, to face all the difficulties and danger and cope with them, but others haven’t, they are afraid to lose their illusions, to lose the aim of life. So we can see that the play deals with mental topic. The situation described in the play deals...
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