September 08, 2005

Tension while Eating

Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor Intro through p. 22 -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Lee: Hmm. Your food's getting cold.

After a moment Karen looks down at her untouched food and stands up.

Karen: I know what to do with my food when I'm not hungry anymore..

The three quotes that I pulled out in no order from the story, "Heart in the Ground" are examples of what Foster was trying to explain in Chapter 2. He gave possible scenarios that may occur when two people are having dinner and the outcome is differently then expected. Foster said, "Two people are at dinner and a third comes up, and one or more of the first two refuse to eat. They say something about losing their appetite. Later on in the book (pg. 13) Foster says, "He wants to convey the sense of tension and conflict that has been running through the evening."

The dinner scene in "Heart in the Ground" is a perfect example of what Foster was trying to exaplain. When I read Heart in the Ground I did not pick up on the picture that the author was trying to create, but after reading Chapter 2 it was very obvious why the author chose the setting that he did when creating "Heart in the Ground"

Posted by GinaBurgese at September 8, 2005 04:08 PM | TrackBack

Eating is such a primal, intimate act. I'm not at all surprised that it was so central to a naturalistic play like "Heart in the Ground". Good quotes, and a thoughtful analysis.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 8, 2005 05:56 PM
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