Полнотекстовый поиск:
Где искать:
только в названии
только в тексте
слова в тексте
только заголовок

Рекомендуем ознакомиться

Остальные работы->Реферат
An almost barren area left contained within a palace of ever-growing, watchful giants. Lying alone visited seldom, becoming a mystery, a cell, or even...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
The result was many true American born natives were “impressed” into the English Navy.. The United Sates tried many times to get England to change the...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
Becoming a citizen of the United States is a very lengthy process. Not just anyone can become a citizen of the United States. There are many requireme...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
Moll Flanders is a story about the fall and rise of a beautiful woman who was born in Newgate Prison. Her mother was saved from the gallows because “s...полностью>>

Главная > Реферат >Остальные работы

Сохрани ссылку в одной из сетей:

Neil Simon’s farce, Rumors, gives readers an in-depth look at the lives of ten wealthy individuals attending a dinner party. In an attempt to stay within the social crown, the characters start unsubstantiated rumors about their friends in an attempt to make themselves look better. The hosts of the party, Ken Gorman, and his wife Chris must cover up the fact that a friend of theirs, Charley Brock, has been shot in the ear lobe. They do not know how he got shot, but they decide that he must have tried to commit suicide, and thereby proceed to spread rumors about what they have heard in an attempt to avoid a possible attempted suicide scandal. They first lie to Charley’s personal doctor, they lie about what happened to all of the servants, and they finally about a second gunshot heard in the house.

When the Gormans first encounter Charley in his bedroom, they immediately call his personal doctor at the theater to tell him that Charley feels just fine. Chris relates the story to the doctor when she says, “Dr. Dudley, I’m afraid there’s been an accident… Well, we just arrived here at Charley’s house about ten minutes ago, and as we were getting out of our car, we suddenly heard this enormous… thud… It seemed Charley had tripped going up the stairs… no, wait, down the stairs. Down the stairs. But he’s all right,” (13). Finally, Chris manages to explain to the doctor that Charley had not really hurt himself in the first place and that she felt sorry to have bothered him at the theater. After hanging up the phone, the Gormans put Charley in the shower to wash off the blood, wrap a towel around his head to stop the bleeding, and go back downstairs to wait for the rest of the party guests. Lenny and Claire Ganz arrive at the party first.

Coming straight from a car accident, the Ganz’s ask why Charley has not joined them for the party. Ken Gorman explains that Charley has had a rough day and he decided to take a nap for a little while. Lenny exclaims that he has not had a thing to eat since breakfast and wonders where Mai Li the cook has put all of the food. Not wanting to explain that they have recently fired Mai Li, the Gormans fabricate a story about her having to go back to Japan to visit her sick mother. Claire asks, “But Mai Li is Chinese, isn’t she?” The Gormans look at each other and then Chris quickly says, “I know. Her mother was visiting Japan.” As a result of this, they must ask their friends to help them prepare dinner for their own party. They know that if they explain to the Ganz’s that they do not have enough money to keep her in service any longer, they will fall of out favor with their friends. For this reason, they find it necessary to fabricate stories to explain happenings in the house. As the night progresses, they consistently dig themselves into a deeper hole of lies.

The situation eventually gets terrible when Ken tries to hide the gun so Charley can’t find it to shoot himself again. On his way to putting in the closet, Ken trips over Charley’s slippers and discharges the gun straight into the wall. The report occurred right next to his ear, and for the rest of the play, Ken is almost entirely deaf. Naturally, the Gormans cannot say that a gunshot went off in the house, so they create a variety of different excuses to explain the sound upstairs. At first, Claire decides that a car backfiring has the most credibility, but because of the volume of the sound, she later changes it to a manhole cover that exploded. After some time, she again changes the story to a can of shaving cream that exploded due to the pressure from the manhole cover exploding. This story seems a little far-fetched to the other guests, so she finally says, “Oh, I know. I know. I know exactly what it was… it was a balloon. They’ve been blowing up party balloons up there all day,” (43). This answer seems satisfactory enough for everyone, and they lapse back into their normal conversations again.

The party in Rumors has a lot of humor to it, but on the other hand, it shows just how far people will go just to be accepted by their peers. Through deceit, the Gormans lied about Charley’s health to avoid an investigation. They lied about their lack of hired help to remain recognized within their circle of friends, and they also lied about a second gunshot from upstairs to avoid a panic in the house that would ruin the dinner party. Considering the lengths that the Gormans go to to be well-liked, it seems ironic that in the end when they discover Charley has tried to kill himself, nobody really cares. All of of the trouble that the Gormans went to by lying to their friends had no bearing on the outcome of the story.

Загрузить файл

Похожие страницы:

  1. Margaret Peggy Timberlake Eaton Essay Research Paper

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... (Peggy) Timberlake Eaton Essay, Research Paper Margaret (Peggy) O?Neal (who preffered to be ... obvious philandering. Timberlake was soon reassigned to the Mediterranean squadron ... the Presidency. Nevertheless, the rumors still flew surrounding the Eatons ...
  2. Werewolf Legends Essay Research Paper Werewolf LegendsAccording

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Werewolf Legends Essay, Research Paper Werewolf Legends According to ... cruel leader of a cult. Rumors of the atrocities committed by ... subject became predominant. The nahual was a warlock who had ... way through present time. Some indigenous groups still currently ...
  3. Othello Essay Research Paper Othello is considered

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Othello Essay, Research Paper Othello is considered to be ... lengths on the basis of some rumors he heard. Then again, it ... s plan and essentially was the nail on the coffin for Othello ... because no sane person would have fun pitting people against each other ...
  4. Anna Pictou Essay Research Paper Anna Mae

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Anna Pictou Essay, Research Paper Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash (1945- ... . In 1949 her mother married Noel Sapier, the son and brother ... afraid of some of her old friends in AIM. Rumors had been ... . In 1949 her mother married Noel Sapier, the son and brother ...
  5. The Crucible Essay Research Paper ARTHUR MILLER (2)

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    The Crucible Essay, Research Paper ARTHUR MILLER: THE AUTHOR AND ... Nurse–are to hang, strange rumors are going around. Other towns ... Oedipus Rex and some modern plays such as Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day ... puts on paper, the play is meant to be seen and heard ...

Хочу больше похожих работ...

Generated in 0.0023059844970703