Play Analysis: The King and I
Submitted by: Beatrix Clayden C. Deonio
II – Teamwork
Submitted to: Sr. Louis Rafael Tordecillas
1. King Mongkut – King Mongkut is an imposing ruler of Siam, Thailand. He was the one who requested for his children to be taught in the English language for his country to be modernized. 2. Anna Leonowens – Anna Leonowens is a widowed English schoolteacher who has come to Siam to teach the royal children of King Mongkut. Her husband died six years ago, leaving her with a young son named Louis Leonowens. Minor Characters:
1. Lady Thiang – Lady Thiang is the king’s head wife and mother of Prince Chulalongkorn. 2. Prince Chulalongkorn – Prince Chulalongkorn is the king’s eldest son and heir to the throne. He has been trained and groomed to be king since birth. 3. Louis Leonowens – Louis Leonowens is Anna’s son.
4. The Kralahome – The Kralahome is the king’s Prime Minister. He is very protective of the king. 5. Tuptim – Tuptim is a teenage girl brought from Burma to be one of the king’s royal wives. She speaks English well and loves to read. 6. Lun Tha – Lun Tha is a Burmese scholar who brought Tuptim to Siam. He loves Tuptim so much. 7. Sr. Edward Ramsay – Sr. Edward Ramsay is a British diplomat who has come to Siam to determine whether or not the king is a barbarian. 8. Captain Orton – Captain Orton is the one who brought Anna and Louis Leonowens to Siam, Thailand. 9. 67 Royal Children
10. Royal Wives
11. Royal Guards
12. Theatrical Dancers
13. Little Eva
15. Buddha’s Angel
18. Phra Alack
19. King Simon of Legree
In the 1860s, a widowed English schoolteacher named Anna Leonowens arrived at the request of King Mongkut of Siam, Thailand to teach his royal children. They reached Siam accompanied by Captain Orton and also met the King’s Prime Minister, the Kralahome, who escorted them to the palace.
* Rising Action
Once in the palace, Anna, Louis, and the Kralahome witnessed the arrival of Tuptim, a gift who was brought by Lun Tha from Burma to be one of the King’s royal wives though the two are deeply in love. When the King was pleased of Tuptim, the Kralahome told Anna that she can’t meet the King at that right moment. Eager to meet the King, Anna was able to speak with King Mongkut but she became disappointed when she knew that she was not going to have a house of her own. As stated in their agreement, Anna will be given £20 a month and a house in return of educating the King’s royal children. But, the unjust King did not want to remember anything about the house. Afterwards, King Mongkut introduced his several royal wives and royal children to Anna. Knowing that Anna will teach only the royal children, she was surprised to know that she will also teach all the King’s royal wives. She had no choice but to teach them all she knows in the English language. She taught them songs and proverbs about a home that made King Mongkut feel irritated. Thereafter, she also showed them a map that proved how small Siam is compared with the rest of the world and also discussed that snow is real. As a result, Prince Chulalongkorn did not believe in anything that Anna taught them about Siam and the snow which made everyone inside the room not to believe in her, too. The King came inside while the class was in chaos and ordered the royal children and royal wives to believe in Anna’s teachings but complained about her lessons concerning “home”. She defended herself and threatened the King that she’ll leave Siam, still because of the King’s promise to her in their agreement. King Mongkut, still annoyed, ordered Anna to obey as his servant; Anna got mad and hurried away. The king dismissed the children and also left in confusion. Meanwhile, Tuptim and Lun Tha met secretly in the darkness of the palace garden....
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