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Porcelain and Pink

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922

Sarah Gadsby

on 14 October 2013

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Transcript of Porcelain and Pink

- The third and final example of the theme
is when the Young Man begins to confess
his love for Julie, who he believes is Lois.
"THE YOUNG MAN: (With sudden
resolution) Lois, I love you. I am not a
mundane man but I am a forger---" Julie still
does not tell him that she in not Lois even though he continues to proclaim how much
he cares about her.
- the second example of the theme is
when The Young Man and Julie continue
their conversation. "THE YOUNG MAN:
What color are you wearing?
JULIE: (After a critical survey of her
shoulders) Why, I guess it's a sort of
pinkish white". She says this describing
her skin but he thinks that she is
commenting on the color of here clothes.
Theme Examples:
-The first example is when The Young
Man first speaks to Julie. "THE YOUNG
MAN: Well, we can talk it over later.
Are you ready to go out? Or do you still
feel that if you go with me just now
everybody will gossip?" He is assuming
that the young woman in the bath tub is
Lois even though he can't see her.
The theme of the play is everything is not what is seems.

Juile Marvis
Lois Marvis
Mr. Caulkins

...in a case of mistaken identity,
everything is not what it seems...
The theme is everything is not what it seems, it could also be described as appearance versus reality, because of the case of mistaken identity. The gentleman caller for Lois automatically assumes that she is the one getting ready in the bathroom and he begins to reveal his deepest feelings to her. It becomes quite amusing because her sister, Julie, goes along with it and pretends that she is Lois.
F. Scott Fitzgerald used diction
wonderfully to illustrate the time
and whereabouts of the scene.
Formal speech of the early 1900s
Sisters call each other "dearest" & "wretch"
"THE YOUNG MAN: What a voice you have! How it echoes! Sometimes I shut my eyes and seem to see you in a far desert island calling for me. And I plunge toward you through the surf, hearing you call as you stand there, water stretching on both sides of you--".
More on Diction...
Fitzgerald also uses sophisticated
words to get the point across. For example
"JULIE: (Reminiscing) Oh, Godliness, do you remember a day in the chill of last January when one Julie, famous for her Easter-rabbit smile, was going out and there was scarcely any hot water and young Julie had just filled the tub for her own little self when the wicked sister came and did bathe herself therein, forcing the young Julie to perform her ablutions with cold cream--which is expensive and a darn lot of troubles?" She uses beautiful language when reminiscing about their childhood.
The tone for "Porcelain and Pink" is playful. Every character has a very bubbly personality and their attitudes are very cheerful. They all seem to look on the bright side, except perhaps Lois who is aggravated at her sister, but even then they enjoy flighty banter with each other. Julie is extremely playful because she encourages the young man to speak with her.
The minor tone is eager. The Young Man
is very eager to reveal his most desperate feeligs to Lois (who is actually Julie). Julie is also eager to see what the Young Man thinks about her sister and that is why she pretends to be her. She also does it because it's fun :)
1. Julie is a symbol for mischief. She knows that she is up to no good but she doesn't care because it is entertaining to her. Even though she understands that the Young Man is in love with her sister, she plays with his emotions by pretending to be her.

2. The bath tub is a symbol for sibling rivalry. Julie refuses to finish early and Lois becomes very frustrated with her. The two begin playful banter which has an underlying sense of truth in it. Lois believes that Julie is too flippant and Julie thinks that Lois is too uptight.

3. The blank wall represents simplicity. The Young Man comments on the lack of pictures on the wall and asks if they are cleaning. He believed that lack of objects in a room is abnormal. The blank wall is a symbol of the simplicity in both of the girls' lives. Lois wants to get ready for her date, while Julie simply desires to finish her bath in peace.
There is no speaker in the play, but the person who best represents the theme is Julie Marvis. She is the best representative because she is the one who is mistaken for her sister. Instead of correcting the mistake however, she goes along with it.
The play consists of ONE ACT and
was read on a computer screen. The length
would be abut five pages long if it had been
printed on paper and there is only one scene as well. There are three characters and the setting is the Marvis' home. More specifically in the bathroom. Their is a brief description in the beginning about who and when the play was written.
1. "JULIE: No. I'm happy as a garbage-man's dog and I'm giving a little concert."
1. Simile- "JULIE: No. I'm happy as a garbage-man's dog and I'm giving a little concert".

2. Metaphor- "JULIE: (Wisely) Don't let her kid you! Experience is the biggest gold brick in the world. All older people have it for sale".

3. Dramatic Irony- "THE YOUNG MAN: I loathe these modern dances. Oh, Lois, I wish I could see you. Come to the window".
The genre of "Porcelain and Pink" is Realism. "Where romanticists transcend the immediate to find the ideal, and naturalists plumb the actual or superficial to find the scientific laws that control its actions, realists center their attention to a remarkable degree on the immediate, the here and now, the specific action, and the verifiable consequence" (A Handbook to Literature 398). This play's genre is realism because Julie can be defined as an extreme realist. She focused completely on the here and now and simply went with the flow, not caring about the consequences.
Harmon, William. A Handbook to Literature. 12th ed. Boston: Longman,
2012. Print.
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