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For this question, choose either Ibsen’s A Doll’s House or Susan Glaspell’s Trifles.

Part A: Identify a key dialogue between two characters in either play. Take one character’s part, and find someone (a friend, classmate, family member, or co-worker) who will take the other part, and read the passage aloud. (If you are especially ambitious, you may record the reading and post it along with your written work, but this is not required.) Make some notes about the experience, particularly about what, if anything, is revealed by reading the dialogue aloud.

Part B: Now take the dialogue and make a table, as shown below. In the first column, briefly summarize what the first character says. Moving across the page, in the second column, tell what this character means. In the third column, tell what the character implies or suggests, but does not state outright. Finally, note any information that remains unspoken by the first character. Do the same with the second character’s lines.

First Character’s Lines Obvious MeaningsImplied Meanings Unspoken Information
    

 

Second Character’s Lines Obvious MeaningsImplied Meanings Unspoken Information
    

Part C: Now that you have studied the dialogue carefully, write at least one-half page (175 words) analyzing the difference between what each character says and what each character means. End your analysis by speculating why this difference exists. In other words, discuss the gap between what is said and what is meant and how it contributes to building the play’s meaning and/or theme(s).

Part D: Put together all the written materials from Parts A, B, and C in one document. Remember that claims in all parts of the assignment should be substantiated by excerpts from appropriate sources. Quotations, paraphrases, and summaries used in the assignment should be arranged according to APA rules of style, and in-text and reference citations should be provided, also formatted in APA style. Quoted material should never exceed 25% of the document. Post the final document in the Discussion Area. You may post any recording you made in Part A as a separate file. Including it is not mandatory.

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