Foster (Any Two Chapters)

Chapter 22: This chapter relates to today’s reading because Ann-Marie MacDonald does a great job of letting the audience know of Constance’s eccentricity in the opening lines of the play. The main point of this chapter is that authors often introduce important character traits as early as possible, which is exactly what MacDonald does in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).

Chapter 26: This chapter is about irony and how important it is in works of literature. It relates to today’s reading for the simple fact that the whole point of the story is the reversal of tragedies to comedies, which makes for plenty of irony in the reimagined piece.

Source: Foster (Any Two Chapters)


Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Act I

In Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Act I I noticed this passage: “In both plays, the tragic characters, particularly Romeo and Othello, have abundant opportunity to save themselves. The fact that they do not save themselves, tends to characterize them as the unwitting victims of a disastrous practical joke” (MacDonald 8).

I chose this passage because it foreshadows that this play will reimagine Romeo and Juliet and Othello as comedies, as opposed to the tragedies that Shakespeare wrote. I think that this play will prove to be interesting to me because as someone who has read both plays, I honestly cannot imagine how exactly they will be reimagined as comedies. However, I am interested to find out.

Source: Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Act I


Foster (Two New Chapters)

The chapters “…Or the Bible” and “It’s all Political” relate the most to what we’re reading for the simple fact that they expand on where many works of literature come from. While the last two plays are quite obviously religious in nature, they do not stem directly from the Bible because the way they are written does not line up with the Bible. I think that these chapters relate because they explain where the popular works of literature come from, and in my opinion, this is why these works are popular and are studied in college level literature classes.

Source: Foster (Two New Chapters)



In Everyman I noticed this passage: ”

Death: Almighty God, I am here at your will,

 Your commandment to fulfil.


 God: Go thou to Everyman,

 And show him in my name

 A pilgrimage he must on him take,

 Which he in no wise may escape;

 And that he bring with him a sure reckoning

 Without delay or any tarrying.”

I can already tell that from these few lines early in the play that I am going to enjoy it. It personifies death in such a way that I have never been exposed to before in my religious background. I have never thought of death as a person that is ordered by God to do things. I think that I will enjoy seeing a different take on the topic than what I am used to because it gives me another way to look at these topics. I am interested to see how this personification will play out throughout the rest of the play.

Source: Everyman


Foster (Interlude; Ch 11)

In Foster (Interlude; Ch 11) I noticed this passage: “And lateral thinking is what we’re really discussing: the way writers can keep their eye on the target, whether it be the plot of the play or the ending of the novel or the argument of the poem, and at the same time bring in a great deal of at least tangentially related material. I used to think it was this great gift ‘literary geniuses’ have, but I’m not so sure anymore” (Foster 93).

I chose this passage because I completely agree with Foster’s explanation of this topic. Before reading this book, I had the same idea about lateral thinking. I did not know that there was a name for it, and I had always assumed that it was something that authors could do that I could not. Creative writing has never been one of my strengths, and I always hated when it was assigned to me. However, after reading this passage, I am now less intimidated by a creative writing assignment in one of my other classes. It made me realize that you do not need to be a genius to be a creative writer, which lessens my anxiety about it. When I write creatively, I feel that I am always too focused on being “good enough” to measure up to my far more creative peers. I now will not focus on that, and hopefully this will yield a better experience for me.

Source: Foster (Interlude; Ch 11)


York Crucifixion

In York Crucifixion I noticed this passage: “I hope that mark amiss be bored. 2ND SOLDIER. Then must he bide in bitter bale. 3RD SOLDIER. In faith, it was over-scantly scored. That makes it foully for to fail. 1ST SOLDIER. Why carpye so? Faston a cord complain/fasten And tug him to,by top and tail. 3RD SOLDIER. Yea, thou commands lightlyas a lord: readily Come help to haul, with ill hail. 1ST SOLDIER. Now certesthat shall I do certainly Full snelly as a snail. 3RD SOLDIER. And I shall tach him to attach nimbly with a nail.”

This passage interests me because I think that it is in some way a comic relief to the play. I may be interpreting this completely wrong, but it seems like the soldiers are bickering about how they are completing the crucifixion. This is something that is unheard of in religious contexts, and may have caused some uproar with religious people. Overall, I found this piece to be very intriguing because it forced me to see the crucifixion in a different way than I have ever before. I am interested to learn about the reactions of some people at the time this was written.

Source: York Crucifixion


York Creation/Fall

In York Creation/Fall I noticed this passage: “I am falling, in faith! Help me, friends!”

I chose this quote from Lucifer because it is an interesting way of looking at him. Previously, I had never considered Lucifer to ever be good. Although, I must have forgotten that Satan is a fallen angel, so it would only make sense for Lucifer to be as well. I find it interesting that Lucifer calls out for help before he falls, and it seems that his call is only heard by the bad angel, who ignores it. This is something that I had never considered in my religious upbringing, so it was interesting to see another point of view.

Source: York Creation/Fall


The Rivals (Brief Context

Based on the provided context, I think that I will like this play, because I liked “The Marriage Proposal” and The Importance of Being Earnest as well. The preface and two prologues are all astoundingly different, and I have never encountered a work of literature with three prologues before. In the preface, I noticed this passage: “A preface to a play seems generally to be considered as a kind of closet-prologue, in which—if his piece has been successful—the author solicits that indulgence from the reader which he had before experienced from the audience: but as the scope and immediate object of a play is to please a mixed assembly in representation (whose judgment in the theatre at least is decisive,) its degree of reputation is usually as determined as public, before it can be prepared for the cooler tribunal of the study.” I chose this passage because I find it interesting that Richard Brinsley Sheridan chose to open the play in this manner. If I was called on in class, I would explain that Sheridan immediately explains the function of his prologue, which is something that very few authors do.

Source: The Rivals (Brief Context


The Rivals (V)

In The Rivals (V) I noticed this passage: “JULIA Then let us study to preserve it so: and while Hope pictures to us a flattering scene of future bliss, let us deny its pencil those colours which are too bright to be lasting.—When hearts deserving happiness would unite their fortunes, Virtue would crown them with an unfading garland of modest hurtless flowers; but ill-judging Passion will force the gaudier rose into the wreath, whose thorn offends them when its leaves are dropped!”

I chose this passage because it shows that almost all comedies end in the same way, and The Rivals follows that same formula just as well. If I was called on in class, I would explain that I don’t really understand why all comedies end this way, and that I think it would be interesting to see a different type of ending.

Source: The Rivals (V)


The Rivals (Act III, IV)

In The Rivals (Act III, IV) I noticed this passage:

Not to please your father, sir?

Sir ANTHONY To please my father! zounds! not to please—Oh, my father—odd so!—yes—yes; if my father indeed had desired—that’s quite another matter. Though he wa’n’t the indulgent father that I am, Jack.”

I chose this passage because it shows that parental approval was an essential component of a marriage during this time. If I was called on in class, I would explain that parental approval is still necessary and respected in some cultures today, but it seems to be becoming less important, especially in the Western world.

Source: The Rivals (Act III, IV)