Anna in the Tropics

Topics: Season, Tropics, Summer Pages: 4 (553 words) Published: September 18, 2013
Carly Campbell
Towson Seminer
September 16, 2013

Anna In The Tropics
By Nilo Cruz

It has become common today for somebody to dismiss the dramatic world of

a play. In Elinor Fuch’s Essay ‘Visit To A Small Planet’ she explains how a play is

constructed and the different elements that are contributed to make up the dramatic

world. She tells the reader that nothing is an accident and everything has meaning.

While taking the knowledge taught by Fuch, I applied it to the reading of Anne In The

Tropics . Anna In The Tropics is a play set in Florida in a Cuban American cigar

factory, with the lower class making the cigars, it shows the social aspect of

relationships, and the tradition of a Lector reading to everybody while they work.

While the tradition and relationships get intertwined, nothing will break their

ongoing passion for cigar rolling. In Anna In The Tropics the element that I was

intrigued with the most was time.

The ongoing theme of time is shown through the time of year, as in winter or

summer. The book is set in the summer, which in Tampa is both hot and humid. The

climate during the summer represents the ongoing tension and stress in the book.

This is shown through the dialogue when Ofelia says, “ there is nothing like reading

a winter book in the middle of summer. It’s like having a fan or an icebox by your

side to relieve the heat and caloric nights.” (pg 28) The tension is presented to the

reader in the first scene of the play when Santiago has run out of money, and he

begins asking Cheche for it, persuading him to eventually hand it over by say that if

he doesn’t pay him back he can be a partial owner of the cigar factory. The tension

only grows as Cheche has encounters with the lecture that he automatically hates

due to the fact that his wife left him for the last lecture. The feeling of stress and

tension in the book is what drives the plot and...
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