THETR 266:

The Father:

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in a couple of typed pages. 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.

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.


1)     What is at the center of the crisis or struggle between the husband and wife in this play? (Not the result of it. What is this play about?) How is this similar to or in contrast with the characters in A 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?  What is this interest of his in conflict with? 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?