“I've got a stubborn heart for you. Call me crazy, but it's true. I love you.” (Choi, 2012) If anything could sum up the feelings of the characters in Tristan Bernards’ I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act and Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal, these lyrics hit it right on the nail. The awkward and yet questionable love each one has for another is quite intriguing in the sense that so many emotions are portrayed among the characters throughout these two dramas. Both dramas are about the stubborn love that the characters have for one another and the little bickers that truly prevent their love to shine for each other. These two stories were written as “a comedy, a play, in which both subtle humor and hilarity are developed through improbable situations, exaggeration, and antics (Clugston,2010)”, also known as a farce. The exaggerated conversations between the characters show the ridiculousness of the arguments between the couples. In this contrast and comparison of these two stories, you will find how both authors were able to provide the reader with a vivid picture of the comedic nature in love.
Bernard’s drama I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act is about a married couple, Henri and Jeanne, discussing their plans for the day. Bernard writes this story in the form of drama. A drama can be defined as, “A composition in prose or verse presenting, in pantomime and dialogue, a narrative involving conflict between a character or characters and some external or internal force (Wheeler, 2012). Henri’s intentions are to go to the races, without his wife, Jeanne. There are a few reasons why Henri does not want Jeanne to accompany him on his day out at the races. If Jeanne went with him, it would turn out to be a formal affair, in which he is not a fan of. If Jeanne went, she would make Henri dress up properly, because to her they have to make a good impression. He just wanted to dress up in his comfortable old clothes and walk about the races, alone. Jeanne would not be seen in public with Henri in his old clothes. His argument is that dressing up takes the fun out of going to the races because he has to constantly ensure that he is not getting his good wardrobe dirty. It did not help that on that specific day, it was raining out, and was guaranteed to be muddy at the races, and after all, they were horse races. Henri also tries to stop her from going by using the excuse that it would cost too much for both of them to go together. It is not worth it to pay so much for the both of them on a rainy day.
Jeanne just wants to go so she would not be alone. Henri had argued that she did not even like going to the races in the first place. Jeanne explained to him that going to races is better than spending the day alone while he was out enjoying himself. Jeanne also wanted to be entertained. In the story, Jeanne explains to Henri, that she does not care what they did, as long as they did it together. She suggested that they go out together and get dinner. He continues to insist on going alone to the races. The argument goes on back and forth as they play the game of, “If you don’t want me to go, then I won’t,” and vice versa.
It is then when Henri finally buckles down and says that he will stay and not go to the races, when Jeanne finally suggests that he does go. Henri becomes suspicious as to why all of the sudden she is okay with him going. He then questions if he were to go, what she would be doing. She explains to him that while he is out she is going to go see her dear friend Juliette, when all along, and unbeknownst to him, her intentions were to stay in and sew ribbons on her hats. When he realizes that she decided to make plans without him and while he is out, he does not take to that very well. Jeanne has to ensure to him that her intentions are well while he is away and not trying to make him for a fool by seeing someone...