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Blithe Spirit

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vanessa demko

on 1 April 2013

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Vanessa Demko Blithe Spirit Blithe Spirit's Themes LOVE 1940's Costumes 1940's Fashion Blithe Spirit Thanks for watching! is a big theme in Blithe Spirit. At the start of the play when Charles and Ruth speak of Elvira, Charles confirms how he did love Elvira very much, however, Ruth was his love now. When Elvira shows up, Charles is forced to rethink his love for his late wife and his current wife. Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward Blithe Spirit is a comical play about a writer named Charles Condomine who invites a medium to his home for the purpose of research. He was quick to believe medium Madame Arcati was not going to be genuinely what she's said to be, but he is proven wrong after she conducts the séance and brings his ex-wife back as a spirit for only him to see. The play revolves around Charles, his wife Ruth, and his late wife Elvira's spirit and their complicated life-and-death love triangle. DEATH is another theme in that the play revolves around the existence of spirituality. It was timely written, as in the 40's many people were turning to spiritualism as a result of losing loved ones in the war. Death in this play is treated as spiritual as it gets; if a character dies, they pass on to the after-world, able to interact still as spirits. Death in this play is portrayed comically instead of tragically. The stage and character presence
is based on the era it was written -- the 40's! Lighting When and Where? Putting It All Together What I Want to Convey! Showing the themes is the most important part for me. The theme of love would be expressed throughout the play, as you watch Charles genuinely say he loved Elvira and dearly loves Ruth to packing up his bags, getting everything off his chest, and saying goodbye forever with odd pleasure (and how that comes to be. He does realize a lot throughout the course of the play, after all).
As for death, I cherish the idea of making it seem like something you do not dread. For example after Ruth's death Charles remarks to Madame that she is not present, but rather upstairs resting because the funeral "exhausted her." When speaking of death no one ever seems upset, perhaps with the comfort they now how of knowing of the other world. Death is used as a tool for comedy, and I think that's unique and comforting. Characters Who are they? Ruth Elvira Madame Arcati Charles Edith The Set Directly from the Script
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