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“ everything but the brain ”

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Transcript of “ everything but the brain ”

“ Everything But The Brain ”

scene analysis
(act 2 , scene 9 )

Kimberly, Clarissa , Jane :-)

Role Of Chorus (point 1)
The Chorus acts as a form of countdown , a
time keeper
to the series of events that takes place in the play .

Evidence :
“ Next stop. May . Six months to go. Forty-one minutes and thirteen seconds left. ”

The use of such identifiers of time creates the effect of urgency ,
that time is running out

Role Of Chorus (point 2)
The repetitive rhythm of the chorus highlights a
sense of routine
that has become the norm in Elaine’s life.

Evidence : “ ABC ABC ”

The repetitive rhythm reveals
how much Elaine‘s life has changed over the months
. She now has to
take care of her father
; by cooking porridge, feeding him and changing his diapers. Through the chorus, this shows that it had become all there was to do in Elaine ’s
daily life.

Dramatic devices
1. Personification
In this scene , time is personified to
highlight and emphasize the negative effects it has on the father
. Through the use of diction, time is portrayed almost as a “
” .

Evidence :
“Eats us alive”
“feeds on our very thoughts”
“devours our personality”
.Through the use of words such as “eats, feeds and devours”, words that are
used to describe a predator
, time is presented as something

Dramatic Devices

It mirrors the
effect of time

Evidence :
“it feeds on our very thoughts, dismembering them one by one”
. The monologue of the father mirrors the idea of dismemberment, it is shown through the short sentences and the number of full-stops .
“Time is acid”
“It eats us alive”
. The effects of the short sentences evokes a keen
sense of sadness or regret
to the readers.

Dramatic Devices
3. Pauses
- heightens the tension & acts as a division between father’s rant about himself and his concerns over Elaine

“I hate what it’s done to me. (pause) And I hate what it’s doing to her”

As you see the sudden stop in the monologue serves to heighten the tension in the scene and also allows what he
said about time to
sink in for the audience
The pause highlights the
shift in the father’s emotions
from anger, to concern or love towards Elaine.

Effects On The Audience
- Makes the audience feel
towards Elaine’s father because father
speaks directly to the audience to put allow the audience to put themselves in his shoes

- keeps the audience on edge , as if
something is about to take place on stage

- react to the tension to atmosphere because of short sentences in the dialogues and chorus

Effects On Audience
- In the dialogue , the father uses
personal pronouns
such as
“you ”

- Use of such pronouns makes the father’s monologue all the more

- Audience : feel a little
sadness and sympathy towards the situation

Writer’s purpose
- Proverb :
“Time and tide waits for no man”

- Actually suggests that the
effects of time
and that we are ALL subjected to it

- The message wants to bring across the
reality of time
and it teaches us that we should
appreciate time to the fullest extent

Thank You
Significance of the scene
TIME(in the scene ):
It is very important, because we have
glimpse of a father’s anguish over his helplessness and his love for his daughter
, Elaine. Father actually
wants to live a independent life
and does not want to
over-depend on Elaine
. The conflict here is explored to a greater extent than the rest of the play because her father’s frustrations and helplessness is also expounded more than before.

Time ( Through the rest of the play ):
Father previously was very stubborn and how
difficult he was towards her .

Content and Focus
What is the main focus of this scene?
In this scene, we see Father's point of view on stroke and aging.
"If you think it's shitty dealing with someone else's crap, wait till you're wallowing in your own."
This can show that Father is
very negative towards Stoke and the problems that follow after that
. He tells the audience that we should not take our healthy young bodies for granted, and we will grow old and be covered in our own faeces not being able to clean themselves up too.
Characters and Relationships
This scene actually reveals that Father cares alot for Elaine, and thinks that he is a burden to her.
"And I hate what it's doing to her. She shouldn't be doing this. Wasting her time in this lame excuse of a body"
This can show that he now finds his body useless and that he wants Elaine to
do more productive things than spend everyday looking after him
. He would rather Elaine not care about his health and do the things she loves.
Language Use
The language used has a negative view of time.
"Its not the impassive witness to our decay. It's the bloody murderer. Time is acid. It eats us alive. It burns our bones, and turns them to chalk...."
This shows the
negative side effect of time
, which is the aging process. The language shows that
time is ticking for all of us
, and we unknowingly are being "murdered" by time and
each minute is nearer to our death
. As time goes by, we age and our health will deteriorate so the language use is showing how aging affects us through time.
Quiz time! :)
Name one of a dramatic device and how is it used?
Explain one role of the Chorus.
What effect does this scene have on the audience?
What kind of language is used in this scene?
Bonus Thinking Question
Why do you think Tay lets Father have his own scene?
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