Specimen Passage and Commentary
State the context of the passage briefly and clearly; otherwise you will find yourself having to refer back to it in a most clumsy manner.
Remember that this is a play, not a novel or a film. The stage has its particular methods of presentation, as well as its limitations.
The reason for things being said is as important as what is said.
A speech represents a sequence of thoughts, not one big thought that comes at the beginning.
Scenes change direction.
Try to keep the author in mind; he chose specific words, as a poet does, to create desired effects. Assume that nothing in the text arrived there by chance, and that, therefore, all of it has a purpose. If at first it seems obscure, look again, and keep your mind’s eye fixed on the stage.
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