William Trevor Drama Analysis
William Trevor would be more well known among fiction readers than theatergoers if it were not for the popularity of his stories on radio and television and in popular film in Great Britain. Although he has stated that his favorite medium is the one in which he develops a relationship with the individual reader, he has, from the earliest stages of his writing career, written and adapted works for the stage, radio, television, and screen. This adaptation has come easily because much of his fiction explores themes and character motivation as presented through the character’s own words or perceptions and through juxtaposed scenes or episodes. In other words, his fiction, rich with dialogue, is itself dramatic. It is not surprising then that the themes, style, and evolution of Trevor’s drama parallel those of his fiction.
Throughout his work, certain themes emerge. The most persistent is the lonely, alienated, fragmented experience of contemporary human beings. Characters are cut off from others for many reasons. Many of them have been scarred by the abuse of another. The nature of that abuse is generally reported or implied rather than depicted. He also explores the abuse inherent in and resulting from one group or nation exploiting another. Loneliness also results from ordinary loss or limited possibilities presented by circumstance and chance.
Related to the theme of lonely, fragmented lives is the prevalence of evil, a force surprisingly...
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