- You (Writer) can choose which dialogue (Story) you want to complete
Character debate Doll House or Zoo Story
Use dialogue to complete assignment
Your choice to Write about Doll’s House or Zoo Story, write an imagined argument between two characters from one play. The debate can take place before the play begins, between scenes, after the play is over, or even in the afterlife. The conflict takes place on a “higher stage” and allows students to role-play opposing views on each character’s actions during the play in order to capture the essence of their personalities and styles of expression. Let the characters refer to lines or actions from the play in order to attack or defend their behaviors in the play. This exercise utilizes analysis.
Example of an engaging ideas from the Doll’s House play
In his highly influential work, “Engaging Ideas,” John C. Bean argues that personal writing enriches professional writing, and that students will improve in academic discourse if they are encouraged to become personally engaged in writing reflective and creative works. This Character Debate is designed to help you think as the character would in order for you to “take their part” in the play.