A Review of I'M Going; a Comedy in One Act

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Upon reading the first act of I'm Going A Comedy in One Act by Tristan Bernard I felt a whirlwind of different emotions. The main characters, Henri and Jeanne, are in the middle of a small disagreement. It seems as though Henri would like to go to the races alone but his wife would like to share his company. She doesn't mind going to the races or even for a movie and then dinner, but her husband really wants to go to the races alone. Using the reader response approach to analyze the play I will be able to show the depth of my feelings regarding the events that took place in the piece.

The short play is based on the married life of Henri and Jeanne. I personally fail to see the comedy of the argument they had. After a long and drawn out disagreement Jeanne tell his to go to the races without her and that she would be going out by herself. He gets upset with that and tells her he would rather if she stayed home. I felt an instant connection with Jeanne. She only wanted to spend time with her husband, but he would rather go to the races without her. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and would love to go on a fishing trip with him but he would rather go alone. He says he enjoys the peace and quiet without having to her me nag. I think it is unfair to me that he can go out and do whatever it is he wants to do but I have to stay home with our son.

At first I felt slightly amused by their banter but after a few minutes it began to get annoying. I suppose the thing that caught my imagination was the fact that I could see myself and my fiancé in Henri and Jeanne's shoes. I could imagine us in the 1900's decked out in the clothes of the past and having the same argument. Being able to imagine myself in the position of one of the characters is what really opened my eyes and got me interested in the play.

Back in the early 1900's woman were not treated equally with men. If they were wealthy enough to afford servants, which Jeanne obviously...
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