'night, Mother Questions and Answers

'night, Mother

Jessie has been thinking about her suicide on and off for about ten years, but she has been planning it since Christmas. On the night that the play takes place, she begins by looking for towels and...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 6:34 pm UTC

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Marsha Norman wrote 'night, Mother and this modern tragedy touches on many themes. Essentially Norman shows how wasted a life can be when there is no real communication between people. Jessie, the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 8:31 pm UTC

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'night, Mother

There are several material objects that serve as symbols in ‘night, Mother. Two important ones are the candy that Thelma Cates prefers to eat and the cocoa that Jessie prepares for her and her...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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'night, Mother

The two main characters in ‘night, Mother are Jessie Cates and her mother Thelma, whom Jesse calls “Mama.” Jesse is middle-aged and lives with Mama, taking care of all the details of her mother’s...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 7:36 pm UTC

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One example of a feminist issue in "Night, Mother" is the choice that Jessie makes regarding her smoking habit. "When Jessie is asked to choose between her husband and smoking, she...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2008 12:21 am UTC

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The minor characters, Jessie's brother Dawson and his wife, her ex-husband Cecil and even her son, Ricky, serve as simply more problematic relationships that Jessie feels unable to understand,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2007 9:07 pm UTC

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Copyright law prevents this type of download without the author's permission, and an internet search yielded no results of any availability of the full text online. At amazon.com, I found a digital...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2009 9:29 pm UTC

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Jessie went into the attic to find her deceased father's old gun. It was part of Jessie's plan to put an end to her unproductive, fear and grief hampered melancholy life. Getting the gun and...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 11:32 am UTC

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Because the play’s drama is centered on Jessie, it is often neglected in reviews and study guides what Thelma will lose from Jessie’s suicide. On the surface the relationship seems to be one of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 2:39 am UTC

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There's an element of determinism in all tragedies; a sense in which the events unfold naturally according to some inner logic, and about which human action can do nothing. To some extent, the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 2:34 pm UTC

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'night, Mother

When reading the script of the play 'night, Mother, Marsha Norman gives us information about the characters and the set before the dialogue even starts. There are only two characters in this play:...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 3:04 pm UTC

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As far as I know, night, Mother is not a musical or a musical performance. It is a drama which uses dialogue as its most prominent style of discourse. It is also noted and highly praised (Pulitzer...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 9:39 am UTC

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Based on Jessie's account of her own life, she has never truly felt close with anyone besides her late father—not even her mother, whom she lives with and takes care of. When Jessie announces she's...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2017 3:04 am UTC

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A monologue is used in drama and is when the character directly addresses the audience on their own. In writing a monologue, there are several important things to keep in mind. First of all, it is...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 9:36 am UTC

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