Dramatic Devices - Cosi
|Conflict |The classic device for generating drama is the introduction of conflict. The introduction of outsiders, such as Lewis, Nick and | | |Lucy, into a contented and settled group of characters leads to conflicting ideas. Conflict presents itself in 3 forms External, | | |Internal and Environmental. | | |External Conflict within the cast members from the asylum; | | |Roy vs. rest of cast (caused by his arrogance) | | |Julie vs. Cherry (Cherry threatens to stab Julie over Lewis p.87) | | |Doug vs. Lewis & Cast (he antagonises everyone so they taunt about his pyromania - “go burn a cat”) | | |External Conflict between Nick & Lucy and Lewis; | | |Lewis punches Nick (p.77) because he is teasing the mental patients who Lewis has become attached to. | | |Lucy dumps Lewis because Lucy and Nick are now sleeping together (p.77) | | |Lewis’ Internal Conflict; | | |Lewis has to come to terms with his preconceived conception of a mental asylum and mental patients | |Rising Tension |The lead up to the moratorium is in direct comparison to the rise in tension between Nick, Lewis and Lucy as we see a breakdown in | | |their relationship due to conflicting ideals and perceptions. | | |Roy’s desire for control (Roy is a control freak) rises tension between both him and Lewis and him and the rest of the inmates at | | |the asylum as his arrogance and controlling tendencies annoy everyone. Eventually, this rise in tension leads to Roy’s internal and| | |external conflict being such that he breaks down and removes himself from the play. | | |Another rise in tension is how Henry is consistently quiet and withdrawn then on pp. 46-47 he becomes outraged at Lewis for using | | |communist costumes | |Shifts in Time |Aaron | |Characterisation |Asylum ‘inmates’: | | |Ruth: Ruth suffers from OCD, and this is the most striking aspect of her personality. | | |‘I was wondering… and how many steps…’ (pg ?) | | |“Will we have cappuccinos..how will we make the froth”(p.10) | | |However, the OCD gives her a purpose in the...
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