Between the Acts Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 27 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Between the Acts.
This section contains 735 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Between the Acts Study Guide

Fantasy

The pageant at the heart of Between the Acts is a conceptual fantasy, combining music, costume, and new and borrowed prose and verse to forge a concept of a history of England. Fantasy also takes place in the inner lives of many of the characters. Isa, unhappy in her marriage, lusts after Mr. Haines and a mysterious figure called the grey man. Here, her unhappiness is displaced (however temporarily) by imagination, a conception of an ideal romance full of potential and "what if's". Mrs. Swithin, influenced by a recent reading, sees a prehistoric England in her mind's eye as she surveys the countryside. Her fantasy is biological, brought about by senility, but also by her innate faith and belief in the fantastic, something which separates her from her pragmatic, skeptical brother Mr. Oliver. Mr. Oliver himself fancies himself a hero battling savages in India when he dozes off...

(read more)

This section contains 735 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Between the Acts Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Between the Acts from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook