ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Prof. Gregory Salyer
August 20, 2013
For this week’s assignment we are asked to analyze one of the literary works from this week’s readings and explain why the literary work captured my interest, using terms and concepts from the text as support, describe one of the analytical approaches outlined chapter 16, using details from the text to support interpretations, and evaluate the meaning of the selected literary work, using analytical approach described. Therefore, it is the purpose of this paper to analyze Tristan Bernard’s play titled “I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act” using the formalist approach. “I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act” is a farce about a married-life conversation between Henri and Jeanne that is “…exaggerated to a ridiculous level to create humor–and comment on inflexible human behavior” (Clugston, 2010). Moreover, a farce according to our text is “a comedy; a short play, in which both subtle humor and hilarity are developed through improbable situations, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics (Clugston, 2010). In addition, author Irving Howe suggests “the events of farce are quite as probable as those of tragedy” (Howe, 1990). When asked what captured my interest with this particular genre of literature would be the ease and flow of the writing and the use of ambiguity. According to our text, Clugston states that ambiguity is the “use of language that has more than one meaning, creating uncertainty about how to interpret what has been stated” (Clugston, 2010). For example, Jeanne responds to Henri after he complains to her that he doesn’t have fun at the horse races when she comes with him with the following line; “Yes, up the Champs-Elysees together! And have you looking daggers at me all the time! Whenever I do go with you, you're always making disagreeable remarks” (Clugston, 2010). Another reason for the interest in “I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act” simply lies...
References: Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education. Retrieved August 12, 2013
Howe, I. (1990). Farce and fiction. The Threepenny Review, 43, 5-6. Retrieved August 18, 2013, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/4383906
Literary-Devices.com. (2010). Tone. Retrieved August 19, 2013, from Literary-devices.com: http://literary-devices.com/content/tone
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