Choose a play in which a central concern is clarified by the contrast between two characters.
Discuss how the dramatist’s presentation of the contrast between the two characters adds to your understanding of this central concern.
– Chris and Joe
– Opposition of capitalism/ socialism?
– Joe believes making money by any means is acceptable
– Chris believes we have a duty to one another
– Chris is a more sympathetic character
– Joe might have killed his own son
– Chris and Joe’s attitude to Kate
– Joe makes her complicit in his crimes
– Chris wants the truth
– Kate is a deluded figure
– Audience sees her as not in touch with reality
– Chris and Joe’s attitudes to the cylinder heads incident
– Joe believes he was doing something noble
– Chris believes it is morally wrong
– Reveals the contrasting attitudes to society
– Chris and Joe’s attitude to the truth at the end
– Joe takes the easy way out
– Chris believes he must live
– Joe’s “responsibility” is questionable
– Chris forces his mother to accept the changes