THETR 266:

The Father:

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 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 both sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Be sure to answer all parts of a question.


1)     What is the central crisis or struggle between the husband and wife in this play? (Not the result of it.) How are they similar to or in contrast with the characters in Doll's House?

2)     Why is the Captain's interest in science important to the play: ie: how does it advance the plot and the themes?  How do other characters make use of this, both in his favor and against him? How could this character trait be expressed on stage in visual or performative terms?

3)     The Mythical figure of Omphale is mentioned eight times in the play. Who is Omphale and why is this reference specifically pertinent to the play?