Barefoot in the Park, Corrie Bratter analysis.So i need to do an analysis on the character Corrie (she's the one who just got married). By analysis i mean i need to know the objective and that...

Barefoot in the Park, Corrie Bratter analysis.

So i need to do an analysis on the character Corrie (she's the one who just got married). By analysis i mean i need to know the objective and that tactics she uses to get what she wants (and if they got it in the end). But if u're not too familiar with this character i dont mind getting the answers for another character in the play such as Paul, Ethel, or Mr. Velasco.

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Corrie (a role originated by Elizabeth Ashley) is a helpless optimist. She is full of hope for the future, has a heathy sense of humor, and thinks her marriage is nearly perfect. She is a childlike character who clearly wants to have things her way, but is so agreeable that she seems very easy-going and undemanding.

But as many newlyweds find, she realizes she and her husband may have some problems to work out. For all of Corrie's sense of adventure, Paul is cautious; for her sociability, he is more of a loner; for her sense of fun, he is a bit of a stick in the mud. She uses her humor and her powers of manipulation to try and get Paul to see things her way, but when they argue, the only way she can force him to see things her way and give in a bit is to threaten to leave. Her extremes of behavior show she can be childish, but by the end of the play, using Neil Simon's common theme of role reversal, both she and Paul learn to appreciate each other's flaws and strengths.

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