Category: Plays – Summary

  • Summary of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi

    The Duchess of Malfi is generally considered to be John Webster’s masterpiece. The story is based on actual events that took place in Italy in the early sixteenth century. The Duchess, a woman of true blue blood and a widow to boot, falls in love with a man far below her station. This is resented…

  • Summary of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a three-act play written by Tennessee Williams. Act I The play takes place entirely in the bed/sitting room of the politt plantation home in the Mississippi Delta. The plantation once belonged to a pain of bachelors and Big Daddy had worked for them as an overseer. Now Big…

  • Summary of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones

    The Emperor Jones is a play by American dramatist Eugene O’Neill. The Emperor Jones begins with the introspections of Brutus Jones. From his loud thing thinking we realize that he has declared himself as the emperor of an island in the West Indies. He has created a myth for himself which says that nobody kills…

  • Critical Summary of Vijay Tendulkar’s ‘Kamala’

    Kamala is a play written in the naturalistic mode. Though not a political play in any sense, Kamala is a topical drama inspired by a real life incident. The Indian Express expose by Ashwin Sarin, who actually bought a girl from a rural flesh market and presented her at a press conference. Using this incident…

  • Summary of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

    The play ‘Oedipus Rex’ is also called ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’. It is considered as the masterpiece of the master-craftsman, Sophocles. It deals with that period of the life of King Oedipus when he became the King of Thebes and husband of Jocasta. It is at this time that he comes to know that he has murdered…

  • Happy Family – Summary and Analysis

    Happy Family is a short play by Paul Groves and Nigel Grimshaw which revolves around seven members of the Potts family. The focus however is on the mother and it is her plight in the play that makes us question the title, whether the Potts are really a ‘Happy Family?’ Summary and Analysis There are…

  • Summary of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night is believed to have been written by William Shakespeare around 1601-02. Summary Act I Act I opens with Duke Orsino listening to a group of musical performers and meditating on the nature of love and desire. Posturing himself as a passionate lover, he remarks on love as swift and lively and full of…

  • Summary of Aphra Behn’s The Rover

    The Rover is a play written by the English author Aphra Behn. Summary Act I, Scene I The play opens with a scene in a chamber belonging to a Spanish family in Naples. Hellena a gay young girl who is meant to be a nun is asking her elder sister Florinda who she is in…

  • Summary of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

    Macbeth by William Shakespeare is considered to be a masterpiece that presents a compelling exploration of one man’s relentless and criminal pursuit of evil for the sake of power and the guilt that tears him apart in the process. Summary Act I In Act I the scene is set for action to begin, characters are…

  • Summary of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida

    Candida is a domestic comedy written by George Bernard Shaw. Candida is a three-act play revolving around Candida, an attractive and vibrant lady, James Mavor Morell, a clergyman and Candida’s husband and Marchbanks, an eighteen year old boy entranced with Candida. The play is primarily a love triangle but has elements of wit, positive exploration…

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