Two Part Q&A

PART ONE – ENG LIT 2nd 8 QUESTIONS ASSIGNMENT to be answered in well written scholarly, college level content that is relevant on topic in 4 – 6 paragraphs. For each question, in articulate attention to detail referenced and cited? Follow the instruction completely? Pleas number question and its answer?

1. Discuss Look Back in Anger as theater of the Angry young men.

2. Discuss The Homecoming as an embodiment of moral collapse and the dysfunctional modern family.

3. Discuss The Homecoming as an embodiment of moral collapse and the dysfunctional modern family.

4. Discuss sexual power in The Homecoming.

5. Discuss Waiting for Godot as theater of the absurd.

6. Discuss broken communication/language in Waiting for Godot and how such collapse in communication depicts the lives of characters in the play.

7. Discuss similarities and differences in the experiences of women of different generations in Top Girls.

8. Give a synopsis of the critical articles you have read in Drama.

Read 5 critical peer reviewed articles on drama? Select journal, scholarly articles from a library or on line?

Part Two Briefly respond to 3 comments in 1-3 paragraphs!

· Meaning of A Taste of Honey

1. The phrase “a taste of honey” gives the impression of a small amount of sweetness.  Hence, it symbolizes a brief exposure to the sweet life.  This is very telling of the play that goes by the same name.

Clearly, Jo is meant to only have “a taste of honey” or a brief encounter with the sweet life.  Delaney makes this evident to the readers when Jo is only briefly content through the course of the play.  She has very few experiences of happiness and contentment in her life.  When she believes that her and her boyfriend are going to get married and she is going to start working and making her own money, these are the brief periods of “honey” in her life.  All of her other experiences are anything but sweet.  She soon realizes that her relationship is not going to work out and just how hard it is to be part of the working class.

Hence, the title A Taste of Honey is very symbolic of the play’s content.  The majority of Jo’s life is filled with discontentment, however, she is able to find some pieces of happiness here and there which goes along with the title.  Ultimately, the play ends with a hint of honey as well with Jo’s pregnancy.  Therefore, these reasons explain how the title reflects its content.

· A Taste of Honey

2. The play “A Taste of Honey” by Shelagh Delaney, is a play, once read, can easily be referenced to its title. A taste of honey is a popular metaphor that interprets: a small taste of something good. One might have acquired that taste or wants the privilege to do so. In this play Helen and Jo both have had a taste of honey and it seems that they are seeking just one more sweet victory in life. Helen seems to have a taste of the good life, but it is very brief. Her good life is drinking and acting as one who does not have responsibility. She constantly is on the move as she dreams of bigger and better, but the harshness of her reality never takes her there.  Jo understands that her life can be better and just wants that taste of the good life by any means. Jo feels anything opposite of her mothers’ actions could get her there, but at the same time only has the negative observations of her mother to learn from. Her path to a better life, is a man. She adds the companionship of a black sailor fairly quickly and is eager to start a life with him assuming that would be her taste of honey. However, it is not and like every other sweet victory, is short lived. As far as getting that complete meal of honey and the taste of the good life out of poverty it never happens.

3.The title “A Taste of Honey” symbolizes a ambiguity in the meaning of the text. I believe that the title portrays the satirical characteristics of the individuals in the play. The satire displayed by each of the individuals negates the obvious harshness of realty. There are brief moments of affection, love, and kindness through out the play which is a metaphorical representation of only a “taste” of honey, not an indulgence. Interestingly, the minimal love and affection shown by the characters alludes to the process of how bees make honey. According to buzzaboutbees.net, bees have glands that secret enzymes and once they collect nectar the bees mix it with enzymes in the bees mouth. The bee then take the nectar and enzyme mixture back to the hive to store it in honeycombs. Metaphorically, the love and affection shown by the characters produces a small positive impact on the lives of each other, that adversely become detrimental when there is absent of love and affection. Helen encountered the brief moment of affection by Jo’s father as stated in reference to the conceiving of Jo ” How was I to know you’d materialize out of a little love affair that last five minutes” (43). The absent of Jo’s father’s brief love and affection produced resentment in Helen. As stated on buzzaboutbees.net, bees make honey in order to store food over cooler winter periods. Likewise, the moments of pure love, or the portrayal of it, nurtures that deprived area within the characters. Jo’s statement to the black boy “dont do that”  because she ” likes it” reveals unfamiliarity of love due to the deprivation of affection (39). The scarcity of love is shielded through the slurs of sarcasm. Instead of properly complimenting her mother, Jo responded to Helen’s statement of being  “biological phenomena” by a rebuttal statement of her looking as a “well-preserved sixty”, stated through resentment (29). Considering the lack of love shown by her mother and the absence of her Father, Jo collects what little sense of love she possesses and gives to those who have love to bring such as black boy and Geoff. Black boy being in the Navy symbolically represented the inconsistent presence of his love that would fade in and fade out of Jo’s life, moments at a time. However, Jo’s pregnancy with Black boy’s baby, even though she wasn’t experienced, symbolically represented the birth of love placed in an area that was desolate which gives her the option to show to others, as stated “I supposed I loved him. They say love creates” (50). Each small moment of love portrays only a “taste” of honey, which provides some positivity to a harsh realty.

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