Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 308
1. Some critics think that Barrie has written in Dear Brutus a play of "charming but credible fantasy." By comparing Dear Brutus to other plays in which Barrie uses "charming" fantasy, such as Peter Pan, show how the fantasy in Dear Brutus is credible.
2. Barrie is often accused by critics of "seeking to shun the realities of life." Does the use of the magical woods in Dear Brutus support that accusation, or can the play be used to show that Barrie does in fact address significant realities of life?
3. In his first stage directions Barrie announces that the two major characters in the play are "Darkness and Light." By discussing the play's theme and the relation of the more recognizable characters to that theme, show why Barrie calls Darkness and Light the major characters.
4. The theme of a second chance in life is present in other works by Barrie, such as The Little White Bird (prose) and The Admirable Crichton (play). Show how the theme is used in those works and how it is developed to its fullest in Dear Brutus.
5. The title of Barrie's Dear Brutus comes from a speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar where Cassius tries to persuade Brutus to take charge of his life and rid Rome of the dangerous Caesar. Cassius argues that life's events are not caused by a fate "written in the stars," but by the strengths and deficiencies of our own characters. Show how that idea is dramatized both in Julius Caesar and Dear Brutus.
6. Barrie's stage directions in Dear Brutus provide thorough descriptions of the setting, which may be created to plan by a set director. His descriptions of characters are also thorough, but considerably more difficult to present on stage. Discuss the various character descriptions found in the stage directions and show how they may (or may not) be staged.
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