167-Q024 Part A

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Chicagois one play whose setting is outstanding the play has such anexcellent organization that helps in the making of the story. Fromthe start, the play is captivating and prepares the audience toexpect more. This has been indicated by the creation of suspense. Inan art work, where there is the creation of suspense and holdingback, the play does not bring boredom as it makes the audience to payattention in order to know what is likely to happen in the nextincident. This has been the case in this play because it holdssuspense for an exceedingly better part of the story. For example,the play holds the suspense of the killing act of the two womenkillers Velma and Roxie. Although their killing has been introducedearly in the play, there is a creation of suspense from the start andthe suspense becomes broken upon them being involved in a murder caseat different instances. Besides, from the angle that the two womenbecome involved in murder, it is not clear as to whether the twomurderesses will ever meet each other however, the suspense makesthe audience believe that the two will meet again. This is openedlittle by little by the play and the suspense becomes broken upontheir meeting. Therefore, the play has succeeded in the creation ofsuspense.

However,the play does not seem so interesting like the film. The film bringsout a clear indication of the organization developed by the playitself. This implies that the film makes everything being acted lookso real. For example, the killings in the play do not seem real whilewatching the play, but it looks real while watching the film itself.The film becomes more interesting to watch compared to the playbecause of the color and sound that it brings that seems so real.While watching the play, it seems like an ordinary story since thesound of the individuals acting seems as if its normal however,while watching the film itself, the sound and the rhythm producedstresses the effect of the play making it more interesting. Forinstance, the use of an amplified sound in the film makes it moreappealing to the audience compared to when watching the play.

Inthe film, there is a musical organization that grabs the attention ofthe audience. Since different musical tones can be used to indicate acertain issue, the audience usually identifies with whatever toexpect. Therefore, through the musical changes in the film, the filmhas been capable of holding the attention of the audience morecompared to the play itself. The music makes the storyline look realcompared to when played directly by the characters. What makes thisfilm look real and believable is the ability of connecting from onepoint to another without circumlocution. From the introduction up tothe conclusion, there is an indication of connecting ideas from onepoint to the next. This makes the audience to follow the storylineslowly by slowly without getting lost. In most cases, an audience mayget lost because of poor organization of the incidents in a film.However, this is not the case in this film. For example, in the film,there is a clear development of the story concerning the arrest ofthe two murderesses. This gives the audience a flow.


Playsas Film YOUR _

DramaticWorksheet Chicago


Typeyour answers here and take as much space as you need.

  1. State and explain the premise of the play?

A:The premise of the play is that murdering is dangerous as it can leada person to jail. The reason for this premise is because Velma getsarrested after murdering her husband and sister.

  1. Describe the exposition.

A:the exposition is at the introduction, where the play introduces theaudience to the different actors, who are in the play. Although thereare some characters that emerge as the play goes on, the chiefcharacters have already been introduced at the introduction of theplay that is, Velma and Roxie. Still at the conclusion of the play,the two primary chaaracterrs have been featured.

  1. What is the inciting incident? Give the exact line or action.

A:The inciting incident is where Velma has an opinion that she can actalone she hides a weapon and then washes the blood of her hands.After this, she goes down to enter, where lights awaited her and hersister and gained the spotlight alone. The exact line is “shegained the spotlight alone”.

  1. Why is this the inciting incident?

A:This is an inciting incident since Velma gets to stand to an optionof acting alone and gaining fame alone.

  1. Describe the events of the rising action.

A:Velma discovers that her husband and her sister had a love affair andmurdered them both.

  1. What is the climax? Give the exact line or action.

A:the climax is where Velma gets arrested because of executing murderand Roxie killing Fred. The exact line is “…was arrested becauseof murder”

  1. Why is this the climax?

A:this is the climax because it breaks the suspense of the play. Fromthe beginning, Velma and Roxie are depicted of having the capacity tokill, but this suspense becomes broken at this point.

  1. Describe the events of the falling action.

A:the falling action in this play is where Roxie tells her husband totake the blame of killing Fred, but later confesses to the

  1. Describe the denouement/resolution.

A:theresolution of the play entails Roxie teaming up with Velma andreceiving a footing ovation from the audience.

  1. If you were to adapt this play to a film (or vice versa for lesson 11) what would you change or do differently and WHY?

A:I would make the film longer showing the lessons that can be learntfrom the two murderesses this could help in making the film moreappealing to the audience on the lessons of murder.


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