THETR 266:

Anna Christie:

Homework Questions

Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in a couple of typed pages. Restate the questions at the beginning of your answers. Use one inch margins and double-space with 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner. (But try to keep it to two pages.)

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely. Support your assertions with quotes from the play, which may be cited in context, or other research, which should be cited in MLA style. Citatations in support of your answers should be from throughout the text, not just from the beginning. You're going to need to do a little research and support for these.


1)     How is Anna's "quest" similar to those of other women in the plays we've read? Give examples.

2)     Discuss a major recurring symbol in O'Neil's Anna Christie. Relate the use of this symbol to another major recurring symbol in one of the other plays we have read and how it might be expressed in production. (You may or may not have had a stagecraft or design class—just use your imagination here and think about how the live stage production could express this symbol.)