Next to Normal Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Brian Yorkey
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the musical elements, structure and terms in Act 1, Scene 1. How are the music and dialogue intercut and what effect does this have on the reader/audience?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Natalie in the narrative. How old is Natalie? What characteristics does she embody? With what characters is she closest?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the setting of Next to Normal. What are the time and place in which the action takes place? How is the setting evoked in the music?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and analyze the characters of Dan and Dr. Fine in the musical. What is the objective of each of these characters and how do they go about attaining those objectives?

Essay Topic 5

Describe and discuss the character of Henry in the narrative and the motif of drug use. How does Henry's character differ from the characters of the Goodman family?

Essay Topic 6

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