Death of a Salesman is a play about the life of an aging salesman by the name of Willy Loman living in New York City during the 1940's who is fired from his job. After learning that his son Biff couldn't get a loan to start his new business, Willy commits suicide in order for Biff to use the insurance money to secure his future. This play is a favorite of mine because it addresses the societal issues of: the loss of identity and the inability to accept change within oneself and society. I personally can connect with the character Biff who struggles between doing what would make him happy, versus what would make his father proud. I believe that this play does an excellent job of displaying the great lengths that a parent would go through in order to make their child happy and secure their future. The underlying irony in this play of Biff and Willy wanting to make eachother happy without the other one knowing about it is intriguing to me in how the author incorporated this. He made the two characters virtually not get along, which in the end only showed the amount of love that they had for eachother which I believe is a situation that is happening in most families especially when one is trying to find their voice.
Madea Gets a job written by Tyler Perry tells the story of a judge ordering Madea to do 20 hours of community service at a local retirement home. However, due to her being on probation, Madea is not a star candidate for employment. This play is a favorite of mine because, like all of Tyler Perry's other plays, Madea Gets a Job has an underlying moral lesson which is to not judge a book by its cover and to also live your life with no regrets. This play has the ability to teach a lesson without you realizing it due to the amount of humor In it. This play personally touched on a topic that I directly related to which was: a person who loves you and lived a happy life would not want you to be depressed over their now dwindling life. Before watching this play I used to feel sorry for my grandfather because he wasn't able to do the things that he used to do, and I never understood why he didn't want me to see him in that state. However, after watching this play I now understand that he wanted me to live my life because he has lived his and the state that he is in now he has no control over. Out of all the plays that I have seen, this was ultimately the favorite of my favorites because the cast was familiar to me. Familiarity helped me to receive this play more because I felt as if I knew the actors because I have watched them multiple times.
The Phantom of the Opera by french writer Gaston Leroux tells the story of a ghost that falls in love with his prodigy Christine. He wants to marry her but another man catches her attention. When the phantom threaten to kill her partner she goes with him and soon finds out that she loves him. This happens during the same time that he admits he's a monster. He forces her to go back to her partner even though she still loves him. This is a favorite because it has a french background and I am currently in a french class, which ultimately brightens the aspect of it for me. The Phantom of the Opera is another sad love story which is a favorite genre of mine. In this play, you will find a balance of humor and feelings which I find interesting as an audience member. What sold me in this musical is it's incorporation hilarious, sweet, and simple moments that are intertwined with sad parts. Like Hamlet, the Phantom is an interesting character to me through the aspects of pyschoanalytics. The Phantom endures a very tragic life, but towards the end of the play he finds love which literally ends the play in a cliffhanger. This play also shows how obsessiveness in relationships can be bad and a hint of Stockholm syndrome.
West Side Story by Arthur Laurents is about two gangs who are fighting for control over a turf. A gang member absentmindedly falls in love with the enemies sister. This is Another favorite of mine just since its a sad love story. Its like Romeo and Juliet with a twist and it gives the example of loving someone your not suppose to love but you cant help it and it also helps with the concept and is easier to understand than Romeo and Juliet just because it doesn't use old English. This play also shows that violence isn't the key to everything and that there are better ways to solve problems. West Side Story may give the notion that violence is okay but through out the play the characters learn that fighting isn't okay. This play deals with a lot of prejudice and how the opinion that one gang is more high standard than the other. It shows how angry over something so little can cause a person to take action that they will later regret in life and they'll have to live with the guilty for the rest of their life. This play teaches people that we are all equal and we have to stick together because regardless if the two gangs didn't like each other they were both running from the same people and when they could've taken the chance to stick together they blow it by blaming the other and i liked watching how all the decisions both gangs made lead to each others downfalls and them not knowing.
The Color Purple by Marsha Norman was about a fourteen-year-old black girl named Celie. Celie was forced to marry a farmer named Albert by her abusive father and over a course of forty years Celie goes through abuse and ignorance. The Color Purple was one of my favorites because it teaches a life lesson that women can overcome the many different life struggles and situations that they face. It proves that unlike the societal standard, a women doesn't need a man to survive and lessen the struggles that every women endures during their lifetime. This play ultimately serves as a guide for African-American women to overcome the harsh struggles that we faced then and now and to embrace their ethnicity. This plays ability to not only capture feminism, but its ability to unburden us of pathos and cultural shame is another reason that this play stood out to me. The Color Purple shows how African-American women can have so little, but they are able to use that and turn it into something meaningful and useful to them. Which as an African-American lady, empowers me to always be thankful of what I have and how to make the best out of a less fortunate situation. From this play, I learned that a woman can either do it by herself, or she only needs a little confidence and directions from another woman who has virtually been through some of the same struggles and they can be happy and confident as Celie finally became at the end of the play.
The famous film and play "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," by William Shakespeare tells the story about a young man who finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne and is plagued by indecision when he vows to avenge his father's murder. This play made my favorites list because it tells a story of something that I have never heard of or thought about before. The most interesting situation in this play to me was Gertrude and Claudius' inability to see the problem in their incestuous marriage. Their marriage ultimately lead to the madness that surrounded the play. The psychoanalytical structure of Hamlets thinking process of how to avenge his fathers death is also interesting to me because of the different phases that he goes through. He constantly battles his subconscious on whether or not to actually avenge his fathers death after he is faced with multiple opportunities. Shakespeares ability to asses the different aspects of the human mind is what made this play so bizarre to me, but at the same time made it a page turner. I was extremely fascinated by how Shakespeare was able to incorporate different story lines into the play while also making them surround the overall plot of the play. The increased amount of suspense on what was going to happen after Hamlet produced the play about his mothers new marriage is also another reason that out of all other plays produced, this was one of my favorites.