I need some assistance with these assignment. realism in the mark on the wall and six characters in search of an author Thank you in advance for the help! The story concerns just one person until the last two paragraphs. Originally written in Italian and performed in Rome, the six people are characters in a completely different story than the one the director is trying to rehearse. Dealing with very controversial subjects such as incest, extramarital affairs, prostitution, child murder, and suicide, the play caused uproars in its native Italy and again in New York when it premiered on Broadway in 1922. Then again, most of the taboo subject matter would no doubt also cause controversy in the twenty-first century! “The Mark…” is about an individual staring at a mark on a wall for an infinite amount of time (hole, notch or simple mark?). Judging by the time period it was written (1921) the protagonist is going through some sort of personal agony, possibly World War I. She appears to be feminine (the author was!) with a vast appreciation of the arts and is well educated and well read in Philosophy, as she seems to argue with herself for quite some time over apparently trivial subjects. The era in which both works were written is extremely important in determining the themes that they both share. They were composed within three years of the end of World War I. For those of us used to almost continuous global conflict it barely raises an eyebrow. But this was new to people in the early twentieth century, a worldwide war joined by over one hundred countries in which more than ten million service members were killed, not including the countless millions of civilians killed and severely injured. Its names of the Great War and the War to End All Wars were no coincidence. Added to that was the extra horror of bringing weapons of mass destruction like tanks and airplanes into play. Being Italian, Pirandello personally lived the horrors of the War and his sons were taken a prisoner of war. Likewise, Woolf, living in the relative safety of England, lost a brother-in-law to battle and another was severely wounded. “The Mark…” even mentions her revulsion of the War, “Curse this war. God damn this war!”.


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