Lee Blessing Writing Styles in Eleemosynary

Lee Blessing
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Narrative Fragmentation

The play consists of a series of sketchy plots constructed around the three women's recollections of past incidents. Blessing continually cuts back and forth from past to present as the women examine the effect that the past has had on their lives. There is little action in the play, as it juxtaposes characters' monologues spoken to the audience and short conversations with each other. The lack of action reflects the inability of the characters to move forward in their relationships with one another until the end, when Artie and Echo are forced to deal with Dorothea's death and its effect on them.

Points of View

Because Eleemosynary is a theatrical production, instead of a novel or other form of static literature, its point of view is elusive. However, because Blessing has given all of her characters multiple soliloquies, it becomes a problem of three points of view...

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