Exposition <ul><li>The Setting : Unknown location, potential “police state”, present day. </li></ul><ul><li>Main Characters : Katurian, Michael, Tupolski, and Ariel. </li></ul><ul><li>Mood : Dark, no signs of happiness, but some slight comedy every now and then. </li></ul><ul><li>Situation: Katurian, a writer of grotesque short stories, is arrested and placed under custody of two police officers. He is being interrogated by these officers; Tupolski and Ariel. </li></ul>
Inciting Incident <ul><li>As Katurian is being questioned, Ariel comes into the room and says that Katurian’s brother, Michael, confessed to the murder of three children with the help of Katurian. Two of the three children were murdered the same way they were in two of Katurian’s short stories. </li></ul>
Conflict <ul><li>The protagonist is Katurian. </li></ul><ul><li>Katurian doesn’t necessarily want anything; what he wants is to not be held captive for crimes that he claims he did not commit. He also wants to write his stories without receiving any criticism, like what Tupolski and Ariel are giving him during his captivity. </li></ul><ul><li>The obstacle that is in Katurian’s way is the fact that his brother Michael told the detectives about the murders of the children. This leads to an interrogation of both Katurian and Michael. </li></ul>
Rising Action <ul><li>Katurian confesses to the three child murders as well as the murder of Michael from the night before. </li></ul><ul><li>Katurian can not answer the question whether the third child victim was still alive when she was buried, which lead Tupolski and Ariel to consider that she may still be alive. </li></ul><ul><li>Katurian does not overcome this obstacle, for he is later proven guilty of no knowledge of the third girl’s murder. </li></ul><ul><li>The complications start to unfold when Katurian becomes like a deer caught in headlights; he is frozen to the fact that he actually did not murder the third child that was accused upon him. The unanimous decision has still been given to execute Katurian because he killed both Michael and his parents in cold blood. </li></ul>
Climax <ul><li>As Tupolski and Ariel decide to execute Katurian, Ariel also decides to burn his stories. Katurian tries to get a few last words in by telling them a story about how Michael was visited by the Pillowman, but is shot and laid to rest. </li></ul>
Falling Action and Denouement <ul><li>The outcome is that Katurian is executed with little to say in favor of himself. However, Ariel does not burn his stories, and in fact saves them. The world has changed now in the sense that Katurian, Michael, and they’re entire family are all dead and the cases of these murders can be put to rest for some time. </li></ul><ul><li>Katurian and the rest of his family are dead. As for Tupolski and Ariel, they remain unharmed with another case solved (sort of). </li></ul>
Classification of The Pillowman <ul><li>The genre of this play is black comedy. </li></ul><ul><li>Black comedy is exemplified throughout the play in various ways. Tupolski and Ariel both take the interrogation of Katurian/Michael in a serious, but at the same time, laughing matter. Katurian even chimes in at points during the beginning that add to the comic relief the audience was hoping for, preventing the play from being 100% dramatic/suspenseful. </li></ul>
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