17 Jun 2023

BA ADA English One Act Plays Reference to the Context


The Bear by Anton Chekov

Reference: These lines have been taken from the one act play “The Bear” written by famous Russian Writer Anton Chekov.

Context: Anton Chekov is famous for psychological treatment of his characters. “The Bear” is his one act play in which human relations are discussed. Popova is a beautiful young widow who claims to mourn over death of her husband till her death. The play is a strong satire on the vanity of women and hypocrisy of human beings in general. Chekov has also pointed out the paradox that a landlord who is called “The Bear” and who himself is proud of his bad temperament, falls in love with Popova. Firstly Popova and Smirnov exchange harsh words, hate each other and are ready to fight a duel. In the end of the play, they are ready to be married. All the vanity of Popova is shaken at the end of the play.


The Boy Comes Home by A.A Milne

Reference: These lines have been extracted from “The Boy Comes Home” composed by A.A Milne.

Context: “The Boy Comes Home” is a light comedy full of amusing and witty dialogue throughout. Philip comes back from war to live with his uncle James who is his guardian. These two characters symbolically show a conflict between two generations. Uncle James wants to dictate Philip and wishes him to join his business. Whereas, Philip is not ready to accept strict rules and regulations of his uncle. Uncle James changes his view as after a horrible dream in which Philip convinces him at gunpoint. After awakening he moulds himself. Philip puts down force of money by force of weapons.




Something to Talk About by Eden Phillpotts

Reference: These lines have been taken from the play "Something to Talk About" by Eden Phillpotts.

Context: The Wolf, a notorious burglar enters the house of Rochester at 3 O'clock on Christmas morning. When we go through the play, we find all the family members very excited and happy.  They welcome Wolf who is very surprised on their hospitality. He cuts open the safe and takes out all the gifts. Nobody likes to lose his Christmas present. At last, after a long discussion, Wolf leaves their gifts. Bishop tells him about the rich neighbour from where Wolf can steal great wealth. Sydneys’ diplomacy and cleverness save them from robbery.



Smoke Screens by Harold Brighouse

Reference: This dialogue has been taken from the play "Smoke-screens" written by Harold Brighouse.

Context: "Smoke-Screens" is a play which projects the conflict between the cultural values two generations. The play is an interesting social comedy which is based on some painful tragic facts. Every generation has its own ideas which it tries to hide from other generations. Susan a woman of fifty, is staying at her sister Lucy's house in London. Lucy Aston is an active and smart woman of forty. She is a self-made woman who has divorced her husband. Primrose is the only daughter of Lucy who is an ultra-modern, beautiful and charming girl, having her own problems. She has decided to marry John for love not for physical charm. First, Lucy objects the decision of Primrose but agrees in the end.



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