Presentation on theme: "The Frog Prince By David Mamet To Laugh or Not to Laugh?"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Frog PrinceByDavid MametTo Laugh or Not to Laugh?
2 Meet the Writer 776 Build Background 776 Read the “Meet the Writer” text and note three details that may be important for understanding the play.Build Background 776Read the text and note two important pieces of information you learned.
3 Literary Perspectives 777 Read the text and define the literary term “archetype”.List the archetypes you are aware of or where you have seen archetypes in other stories, novels, or movies.
4 Be sure to clearly state and defend your ideas. Student ResponseThe Frog PrinceRead the play carefully and note the way the author uses the elements of drama to tell his version or interpretation of the classic tale.Do you consider the play to be a comedy based on the definition provided in the textbook?Be sure to clearly state and defend your ideas.Explain your thoughts and ideas and use evidence from the text to support your response.
5 How to Start Read the entire play before forming your answer. Review the textbook definitions of the important dramatic elements; especially comedy and tragedy.Think about the specific events as well as the words and actions of the characters that SUPPORT your ideas.Write your response in multiple paragraphs to demonstrate how you would organize your thoughts and ideas.
6 Quick Literary Questions Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.1. How did the Servingman change during the play?2. How did the Peasant/Witch change during the play?3. How did the Milkmaid change during the play?4. How did the Prince change during the play?Which character changed in the most significant ways in the play?DYNAMIC characters change as a result of the events in the text.
7 Author’s Purpose Literary Questions Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.1. What was the author’s “point of view” concerning “true love”?2. How did the author use language to communicate “humor” and “comedy” in the play?3. What was the “life lesson” the author tried to share with the readers/audience of this play?4. Why did the author end the play in the manner he did?The author’s interpretation of the story conveys the theme.
8 Applying Your Skills Questions Reading Focus #1-3 (Page 794)Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.1. In Scene 1, why does the prince refuse to give flowers to thepeasant woman?*He believes the flowers are his because they are on Royal Land*2. What offer does the milkmaid make to the prince? Does hetake the offer?*She offers him a home with her fiancé. He refuses.*3. Characters in myths and folk tales often undergo ametamorphosis – a fantastic transformation, or change, fromone form to another. How does the prince change during thecourse of the play?*He goes from naïve prince to manipulative frog,to considerate frog, back to prince*
9 Applying Your Skills Questions Literary Focus #5-10 (Page 794)Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.5. ANALYZE – In what ways is the prince a round character – onewho grows and changes in the course of the play?*The prince becomes less self-centered and more appreciative and understanding.6. LITERARY PERSPECTIVES – What archetypal plot elements,themes, or characters does the play contain? How doesMamet defy our expectations of these archetypes?*Characters: prince/frog, pure maid, peasant/witch, evil queen*Plot: curse turns prince into frog, reversal of fortune*Themes: the importance of true love, the importance of loyalty*The archetypes defy our expectations in that the prince never achieves true love or otherwise “wins” in the end, and Bill’s loyalty to the prince is not rewarded.
10 Applying Your Skills Questions Page 794Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.7. ANALYZE – At the end of the play, the prince asks thepeasant woman, “Don’t you think I was unduly punished?”Do you agree? What point is Mamet making by having the princesuffer harsh consequences for his actions?*The prince’s punishment is too severe for his crime.Mamet is demonstrating that life is not always fair.8. COMPARE & CONTRAST – In what ways is this play similar to and different from a traditional comedy?*The play possesses many characteristics of a comedy, such as conflictand a flawed character who learns from his mistakes. However, theending does not restore the characters to their former happiness.
11 Applying Your Skills Questions Page 794Discuss the answers with your group and write acomplete and meaningful response for each question.9. CONNECT – Does the play have a “happy ending”? Whateffect does the play’s resolution have on you?*No; the prince loses Bill, the fair Patricia, and his kingdom, and the milkmaid. The ending is unsettling.10. ANALYZE – Theme is the insight about life that a literarywork conveys. What theme does Mamet explore?What does the prince learn and what do we learn about lifefrom his experiences?*Mamet explores themes of selflessness, loyalty, and life’s unfairness. The prince learns to accept his circumstances and discovers the value of loyalty.