RUNNING HEAD: I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act 1 Reading Reflection; I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act Ashton Wine ENG 125 Jennifer Chunn October 8, 2012
RUNNING HEAD: I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act 2 Reading Reflection; I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act I’m Going Is a play about a husband and wife who love each other dearly and are quite good atmanipulating one another in order to get their own way. This literary work most interested me because Iam married myself, and it is always interesting to get an inside peek into someone else’s marriage.Many times in marriage there are situations that call for compromise. And if you’re a skilledcompromiser, you may get your way without losing anything at all. This is exactly what happens in thisparticular play. The play begins with a simple conversation about the weather, and how the rain alwayscomes when the husband wants to go to the races. It is so funny how in marriage, the simplestconversations can spiral out of control. The Wife then proceeds to throw a pity party because herhusband was going to leave her home alone. In the end, the husband gets to attend the races alone, andthe wife has a relaxing day at home trimming hats. The analytical approach described in chapter 16 is basically taking the text and analyzingit from a more personal aspect. The analysis is based on feelings, interests and emotions. Oneof the questions to be asked in the formalist approach is “What makes the story somemorable?”(Clungston 2010) In the play I’m Going. The playful girl like characteristics of thewife really caught my attention. Many times when we get married we are so quick to grow upand lose the fun side of our personality. This couple weather newlywed or a seasoned couplestill had that aspect of playfulness with each other. This really is what sucked me into the story,and made me want to read more. Another analytical formalist approach when is to ask howthe characters were developed. Clingston 2010) I enjoyed reading how Henri developed. In thebeginning of the play the husband wishes to go to the races and complains about the weather
RUNNING HEAD: I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act 3being bad every time he wishes to go out. The wife, Jeanne, wants her husband to take her alsoto the races with him. His first excuse is that the weather is bad and it will also be moreexpensive for her to go. Then his reason for his wife staying is because he never enjoys himselfwhen she attends the races with him. “No, I have a good time only when I go alone. When youare with me, I cant run about, I cant look at the stables, or the judges stands, or anything.When Im alone, I can do as I please.” (Clungston 2010) The thing that really caught myattention about the transformation of Henri, is how he does not want his wife to go out andenjoy herself, he becomes very jealous at the thought of her spending time out side of thehouse. The characters in the play I’m Going are more alike than they are different. This isshown in how they seem to shift roles in the middle of the text. The wife becomes the spousewanting to get out of the house, having to convince her husband to allow her to do so. BothJeanne and Henri use tactical compromise to get their own way in the relationship. Figurativelanguage was not used to develop the theme of this particular play. The tone of the speakersJeanne and Henri were mostly used to create the tone. The manner in which they talked toeach other reflects the love, commitment and companionship they both share with oneanother. This play was written in the first person point of view. The two characters are speakingdirectly to each other the entire time. There was also a surprise in the text. At the end of thestory, the reader discovers that Jeanne was playing with her husband’s mind the entire time.She never really wanted to attend the races or go to her friend’s house, what she really wantedto do was stay home and trim hats. “Jeanne: (Waits for a moment, listens, and hears the outerdoor close, then rises, and goes to the door at the back. She speaks to someone off-stage)
RUNNING HEAD: I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act 4Marie, dont go before you get me a large cup of chocolate. Bring two rolls, too. Oh, and go atonce to my room and bring me my box of ribbons and those old hats. (She comes down-stage,and says beaming) What fun Ill have trimming hats! (Clungston 2010)ReferencesClugston, R. W. (2010). Journey Into Literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.