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Analyse der Charaktere Evelyn, Adam, Philip, Jenny aus The Shape of Things und Anwendung der "Ambiguity of Belonging" auf die Charaktere Quelle: Englischunterricht; Buch: The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS CHARACTERS Adam Background ■ Direct Description ■ ■ works two jobs: security guard in a museum & also works in a video store he works for one year before he starts an education used to really like Jenny, but never asked her out → too shy, not self-confident In the beginning of the book, he is a nerdy and shy guy I ■ When he first meets Evelyn, he has the courage to ask for her number But after they get together he changes his complete life: loses around 20 pounds ■ ■ Indirect Description grows his hair out dresses better, new jacket stopped chewing his nails then he gets more self-confident he doesn't believe that Evelyn likes him he thinks about Evelyn all the time, he loves her but kissed Jenny → he seems to still have some feelings for Jenny Behavior Throws his principles for Evelyn away = No self-esteem It's the best thing for him what can happen Maybe loves Jenny still a bit First, he is like a side character in his life, but then, he lets Evelyn control his life and starts to be someone and gets more self-confident and starts to live a crazy life. Adam's Change/ Evolvement He changes a lot about his external appearance → the origin of all changes come from Evelyn, she suggests him what to change in a...

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subtle way but in some ways he didn't change: after Adam has operated his nose and Phillip asks him what happened he doesn't tell the truth (p. 45)→ he still avoids confrontations and can't stand up for himself we can conclude that the outside of Adam has changed very fast but the inside didn't do so → this is a rule who stands for most humans, it takes more time to develop/change the personality than some external things → but in the last chapter Adam's personality changes and he is doing a big and painful step → after Evelyn let the bomb explode he goes to her to start the conversation/the fight, he says what he thinks and shows that he is not okay with that he kind of finds and shows his red line(p. 74-81) "A Restaurant Lobby" Adam begins to change: ■ Goes to the gym, eats healthier, new haircut E: "Plus, the hair" (p.15 1.9) E: "You're running, you're eating better, are you still lifting?" (p.16 II.16-17) does things that he would never have done before he met Evelyn A: ,,I'm not used to that" (p.15 1.28) Adam is under pressure to change, feels obliged to do what Evelyn told him E: "You're running, you're eating better, are you still lifting?" A: "I mean, I didn't today, but ..." E: "That's okay." A: “No, I'm gonna ...“ (p.16 II.16-20) does it only for her, not because he wants it himself; he is aware that he shouldn't change for someone else, but he does it anyway E: "Do you like doing it?" A: "Honestly ... No. I totally hate it!“ (p.16 II.22-23) E: "So why would you ... ?" A: "Because you suggested it. Which is kinda pathetic, but true..." (p.16 II.25-27) Evelyn manipulates him: ■ ■ ■ Tells him that the changes are great, strengthens his self-esteem and his self- confidence → he feels comfortable with the changes and likes them, thinks he has to change more → he wants Evelyn to like him, wants to make her proud and therefore thinks that he has to change Makes him feel like he's achieved it himself → Adam gets more confident, is proud of himself E: "And you amaze me, you do. Look at you!" (p.16 1.14) A: "I dunno. I think I still look..." E: "You can definitely tell. You can." (p.15 II.6-7)) E: "I gave you a couple ideas and you're changing your entire life. I'm very proud of you." (p.17 Il.1-4) Tells him she likes him and that he can trust her → he gets more comfortable around her and trusts her, believes her that the changes are good → is willing to change more so she likes him E: "I do like you." (p.18 ll.22) E: "So, don't you trust me, then, to know how I feel?" (p.18 l.29) E: "Don't worry about why when what is right in front of you." (p.18 1.31) Evelyn Background What she tells Adam during their relationship ■ ■ ■ ■ ● ● ■ ● ■ ● ● Direct Description ● Art student in M.F.A, applied theory and crit (p.12) - -> starts thesis project (like a big installation thingie) Artist, sculptress (p.18) Is from Illinois near Chicago (p.17) Jewish from her mothers side; her mothers maiden name is Tessman (p.39) Family name: Thompson (p.39) 25 years old (p.17) Gemini, born in June (p.17) What she tells after the presentation Indirect Description Confident (steps over the line; tries to deface the statue; refuses to step back over the line p. 8) Speaks out and tells her opinion directly: fight with Phillip about art (doesn't give up and tells them her opinion, doesn´t tolerate other opinions): stage direction: "Everyone except Evelyn sort of freezes on that one" (p.24) ,,You're cute. I don't like your hair ...“ p.13 → makes suggestions in how Adam could improve himself: ,,you shouldn't style it so much" p.13 Very interested in art: knows a lot about the statue in the museum (p.11) → doesn´t like art that isn't true Behavior Adam is her installation thingie": Evelyn to Adam: „You are my installation thingie" (p.77) Her mothers maiden name: Anderson (p.80) ● Had her nose done at 16 (p.39) Cut herself to get attention when she was a teenager (p.42) --> we don't really know if any of what Evelyn tells Adam during their relationship is true 22 years old (p.80) Not Gemini but Pisces (p.80) No scars --> didn't cut herself --> Evelyn: "I made it all up" (p.80) Curious ,,I am a curious person“ (p.18) Straightforward „I´m a very straightforward person“ (p.42) She is committed to art: "There is only art" (p.72) Art must be created „Whatever the cost“ (p.72) Determined: isn't sorry for what she did to Adam („I'm not sorry. I mean, not for what I've done (...)" p.75) Not sensitive / empathic: exposes Adam to the audience „(...) but this, I'm afraid, was not done out of love or caring or concern (...)" (p.70) oversteps the line in the museum, doesn't step back even after Adam tells her to do so (p.7, 1.10) → brave, confident bedroom scene--> Evelyn and Adam film themselves while having sex (p.29: "I think everyone should see themselves doing it, and their friends should see it, too.") --> open, confident and dominant discussion with Jenny and Phillip about art (p.20-26) → she's very opinionated and ignorant, only her own opinion matters ■ ■ Attitude her whole life revolves around art, she is very committed to art and convinced of her own beliefs- -> gets stubborn when others don't agree with her and tries to convince them of her own beliefs (p.23, discussion with Phillip and Jenny) isn't really bothered by what others have to say, she does her own thing and is very strong- minded and determined (p. 75/76: Evelyn: "I'm not sorry. I mean, not for what I've done. (...) What I'd do wrong? Seriously, tell me ....") How Evelyn changes in the course of the play beginning - manipulative (p. 171.3) - dominant (p. 7 1. 10) - straightforward (p. 13 l. 6) - confident (p. 7 1. 10+ a bedroom) - obsessed with art (a living room) Evelyn seems to have genuine feelings for Adam and it seems like she really cares for him. A Doctor's Lounge ■ ■ tries to change and form Adam, suggests him to change himself (p.14: "I don't like the way you wear your hair") → bossy and controlling, but in a subtle way knows that she has a lot of power over Adam and can influence him easily--> she uses this weakness of Adam for her own profit, uses him as her "base material" for her art project tries to create extreme art (Adam)--> she even lies about her whole life just to create an extreme and unique art project Evelyn doesn't really change, but what changes is how the reader perceives her. The scene "an auditorium" is significant for this change of perception. It changes the whole perspective on Evelyn and the reader begins to understand what her true intentions were. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ end - toxic (an auditorium + an exhibition gallery) - narcissistic - selfish - heartless/cold - ignorant --> can't accept other opinions The presentation shows her true colors and the reader finds out that she used Adam and didn't care about him or his feelings Evelyn herself doesn't change in the scene, but she tries to convince Adam doing a nose surgery claims, that she had her nose done with 16 (p.39 1.10) because of the Jewish slope (p.39 1.12) ➜ mother's maiden name is Tessman trivializes the surgery ("it's no big deal" p.39 1.28) polarizes it "lot's of guys do it" and adds some famous male names (p.40 1.6-7) sweet-talking "I think you'll look great.", "good face", "nice shape" (p.40 1.15) demonstrating of similarities⇒scars (p.42 1.9-10) awaking pity➜ difficult phase as a teenie (p.42 1.15-16)⇒indicates it as an important experience ("signify experience...Makes us unique" p.43 l.1f) and compares it immediately with the surgery even sleeping with Adam (p.43 1.13) Jenny direct/indirect description background behavior attitude ■ ■ ● End: ● ■ Inhibited, strict, gets easily uncomfortable Simple-minded tries to calm the others down/doesn't want to discuss /fight -> defensive "bold" Jenny's Change/ Evolvement Beginning: Is engaged with Phillip (p.20) Adam and Evelyn had a class together comes from a disciplined/inhibited household Jenny asks Adam to meet in the park, because she is worried about her relationship to Phillip. she thinks there is someone else in Phillips's life (another Jenny) Has a different perspective of art than Evelyn Is in a happy relationship--> fiancé of Phillip J:" (whispering) The penis" (p.20) "Can we stop, now, please?! You guys" (p.25)- "We're going to get married underwater" (p.20) "We're going to get married (...)" (p.20) "Adam and I had a class together.." (p.21) Middle: Is worried about their relationship (another Jenny?)/ does she still love him? "Now, I love him and all, I do, you know that, but that's not the way I'd describe him to people. 'Sweet". Would you?"/ "And that's what's bugging me" (p.31/32)→ insecure She thinks she is not cool enough like Evelyn P:"Because you don't say 'penis' in Jenny's house" (p.22) A:"So, you guys're still going through with that?" (p.31)/" J:"That's what we're saying..." -->unsure/worried "That sense there's someone else" (p.32) "It was pornography" (p.23) "I love the arts" (p.54)/ "going to the movies and stuff" "Hey...Her middle name's not 'Jenny' or anything, is it?" P.34) "So...sorry I'm not an artsy person or cool enough or, you know, I'm not super smart, sorry about that" (p.61) Jenny is fascinated about all the changes Adam is going through. Cheats on her fiancé with Adam (they kiss). She falls in love with the changed man. Jenny and Phillip are no longer in a relationship ➜because Jenny was worried about her relationship with Phillip--> falls in love with him →and because of the kiss between Jenny/Adam and Phillip/Evelyn →Jenny broke up with Phillip after she met Evelyn and Adam in a coffee shop. P: "She came over one day, after seeing you, guys, and that was it." (p.65)

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Vielen Dank, wirklich hilfreich für mich, da wir gerade genau das Thema in der Schule haben 😁

Analyse der Charaktere Evelyn, Adam, Philip, Jenny aus The Shape of Things und Anwendung der "Ambiguity of Belonging" auf die Charaktere Quelle: Englischunterricht; Buch: The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS CHARACTERS Adam Background ■ Direct Description ■ ■ works two jobs: security guard in a museum & also works in a video store he works for one year before he starts an education used to really like Jenny, but never asked her out → too shy, not self-confident In the beginning of the book, he is a nerdy and shy guy I ■ When he first meets Evelyn, he has the courage to ask for her number But after they get together he changes his complete life: loses around 20 pounds ■ ■ Indirect Description grows his hair out dresses better, new jacket stopped chewing his nails then he gets more self-confident he doesn't believe that Evelyn likes him he thinks about Evelyn all the time, he loves her but kissed Jenny → he seems to still have some feelings for Jenny Behavior Throws his principles for Evelyn away = No self-esteem It's the best thing for him what can happen Maybe loves Jenny still a bit First, he is like a side character in his life, but then, he lets Evelyn control his life and starts to be someone and gets more self-confident and starts to live a crazy life. Adam's Change/ Evolvement He changes a lot about his external appearance → the origin of all changes come from Evelyn, she suggests him what to change in a...

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subtle way but in some ways he didn't change: after Adam has operated his nose and Phillip asks him what happened he doesn't tell the truth (p. 45)→ he still avoids confrontations and can't stand up for himself we can conclude that the outside of Adam has changed very fast but the inside didn't do so → this is a rule who stands for most humans, it takes more time to develop/change the personality than some external things → but in the last chapter Adam's personality changes and he is doing a big and painful step → after Evelyn let the bomb explode he goes to her to start the conversation/the fight, he says what he thinks and shows that he is not okay with that he kind of finds and shows his red line(p. 74-81) "A Restaurant Lobby" Adam begins to change: ■ Goes to the gym, eats healthier, new haircut E: "Plus, the hair" (p.15 1.9) E: "You're running, you're eating better, are you still lifting?" (p.16 II.16-17) does things that he would never have done before he met Evelyn A: ,,I'm not used to that" (p.15 1.28) Adam is under pressure to change, feels obliged to do what Evelyn told him E: "You're running, you're eating better, are you still lifting?" A: "I mean, I didn't today, but ..." E: "That's okay." A: “No, I'm gonna ...“ (p.16 II.16-20) does it only for her, not because he wants it himself; he is aware that he shouldn't change for someone else, but he does it anyway E: "Do you like doing it?" A: "Honestly ... No. I totally hate it!“ (p.16 II.22-23) E: "So why would you ... ?" A: "Because you suggested it. Which is kinda pathetic, but true..." (p.16 II.25-27) Evelyn manipulates him: ■ ■ ■ Tells him that the changes are great, strengthens his self-esteem and his self- confidence → he feels comfortable with the changes and likes them, thinks he has to change more → he wants Evelyn to like him, wants to make her proud and therefore thinks that he has to change Makes him feel like he's achieved it himself → Adam gets more confident, is proud of himself E: "And you amaze me, you do. Look at you!" (p.16 1.14) A: "I dunno. I think I still look..." E: "You can definitely tell. You can." (p.15 II.6-7)) E: "I gave you a couple ideas and you're changing your entire life. I'm very proud of you." (p.17 Il.1-4) Tells him she likes him and that he can trust her → he gets more comfortable around her and trusts her, believes her that the changes are good → is willing to change more so she likes him E: "I do like you." (p.18 ll.22) E: "So, don't you trust me, then, to know how I feel?" (p.18 l.29) E: "Don't worry about why when what is right in front of you." (p.18 1.31) Evelyn Background What she tells Adam during their relationship ■ ■ ■ ■ ● ● ■ ● ■ ● ● Direct Description ● Art student in M.F.A, applied theory and crit (p.12) - -> starts thesis project (like a big installation thingie) Artist, sculptress (p.18) Is from Illinois near Chicago (p.17) Jewish from her mothers side; her mothers maiden name is Tessman (p.39) Family name: Thompson (p.39) 25 years old (p.17) Gemini, born in June (p.17) What she tells after the presentation Indirect Description Confident (steps over the line; tries to deface the statue; refuses to step back over the line p. 8) Speaks out and tells her opinion directly: fight with Phillip about art (doesn't give up and tells them her opinion, doesn´t tolerate other opinions): stage direction: "Everyone except Evelyn sort of freezes on that one" (p.24) ,,You're cute. I don't like your hair ...“ p.13 → makes suggestions in how Adam could improve himself: ,,you shouldn't style it so much" p.13 Very interested in art: knows a lot about the statue in the museum (p.11) → doesn´t like art that isn't true Behavior Adam is her installation thingie": Evelyn to Adam: „You are my installation thingie" (p.77) Her mothers maiden name: Anderson (p.80) ● Had her nose done at 16 (p.39) Cut herself to get attention when she was a teenager (p.42) --> we don't really know if any of what Evelyn tells Adam during their relationship is true 22 years old (p.80) Not Gemini but Pisces (p.80) No scars --> didn't cut herself --> Evelyn: "I made it all up" (p.80) Curious ,,I am a curious person“ (p.18) Straightforward „I´m a very straightforward person“ (p.42) She is committed to art: "There is only art" (p.72) Art must be created „Whatever the cost“ (p.72) Determined: isn't sorry for what she did to Adam („I'm not sorry. I mean, not for what I've done (...)" p.75) Not sensitive / empathic: exposes Adam to the audience „(...) but this, I'm afraid, was not done out of love or caring or concern (...)" (p.70) oversteps the line in the museum, doesn't step back even after Adam tells her to do so (p.7, 1.10) → brave, confident bedroom scene--> Evelyn and Adam film themselves while having sex (p.29: "I think everyone should see themselves doing it, and their friends should see it, too.") --> open, confident and dominant discussion with Jenny and Phillip about art (p.20-26) → she's very opinionated and ignorant, only her own opinion matters ■ ■ Attitude her whole life revolves around art, she is very committed to art and convinced of her own beliefs- -> gets stubborn when others don't agree with her and tries to convince them of her own beliefs (p.23, discussion with Phillip and Jenny) isn't really bothered by what others have to say, she does her own thing and is very strong- minded and determined (p. 75/76: Evelyn: "I'm not sorry. I mean, not for what I've done. (...) What I'd do wrong? Seriously, tell me ....") How Evelyn changes in the course of the play beginning - manipulative (p. 171.3) - dominant (p. 7 1. 10) - straightforward (p. 13 l. 6) - confident (p. 7 1. 10+ a bedroom) - obsessed with art (a living room) Evelyn seems to have genuine feelings for Adam and it seems like she really cares for him. A Doctor's Lounge ■ ■ tries to change and form Adam, suggests him to change himself (p.14: "I don't like the way you wear your hair") → bossy and controlling, but in a subtle way knows that she has a lot of power over Adam and can influence him easily--> she uses this weakness of Adam for her own profit, uses him as her "base material" for her art project tries to create extreme art (Adam)--> she even lies about her whole life just to create an extreme and unique art project Evelyn doesn't really change, but what changes is how the reader perceives her. The scene "an auditorium" is significant for this change of perception. It changes the whole perspective on Evelyn and the reader begins to understand what her true intentions were. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ end - toxic (an auditorium + an exhibition gallery) - narcissistic - selfish - heartless/cold - ignorant --> can't accept other opinions The presentation shows her true colors and the reader finds out that she used Adam and didn't care about him or his feelings Evelyn herself doesn't change in the scene, but she tries to convince Adam doing a nose surgery claims, that she had her nose done with 16 (p.39 1.10) because of the Jewish slope (p.39 1.12) ➜ mother's maiden name is Tessman trivializes the surgery ("it's no big deal" p.39 1.28) polarizes it "lot's of guys do it" and adds some famous male names (p.40 1.6-7) sweet-talking "I think you'll look great.", "good face", "nice shape" (p.40 1.15) demonstrating of similarities⇒scars (p.42 1.9-10) awaking pity➜ difficult phase as a teenie (p.42 1.15-16)⇒indicates it as an important experience ("signify experience...Makes us unique" p.43 l.1f) and compares it immediately with the surgery even sleeping with Adam (p.43 1.13) Jenny direct/indirect description background behavior attitude ■ ■ ● End: ● ■ Inhibited, strict, gets easily uncomfortable Simple-minded tries to calm the others down/doesn't want to discuss /fight -> defensive "bold" Jenny's Change/ Evolvement Beginning: Is engaged with Phillip (p.20) Adam and Evelyn had a class together comes from a disciplined/inhibited household Jenny asks Adam to meet in the park, because she is worried about her relationship to Phillip. she thinks there is someone else in Phillips's life (another Jenny) Has a different perspective of art than Evelyn Is in a happy relationship--> fiancé of Phillip J:" (whispering) The penis" (p.20) "Can we stop, now, please?! You guys" (p.25)- "We're going to get married underwater" (p.20) "We're going to get married (...)" (p.20) "Adam and I had a class together.." (p.21) Middle: Is worried about their relationship (another Jenny?)/ does she still love him? "Now, I love him and all, I do, you know that, but that's not the way I'd describe him to people. 'Sweet". Would you?"/ "And that's what's bugging me" (p.31/32)→ insecure She thinks she is not cool enough like Evelyn P:"Because you don't say 'penis' in Jenny's house" (p.22) A:"So, you guys're still going through with that?" (p.31)/" J:"That's what we're saying..." -->unsure/worried "That sense there's someone else" (p.32) "It was pornography" (p.23) "I love the arts" (p.54)/ "going to the movies and stuff" "Hey...Her middle name's not 'Jenny' or anything, is it?" P.34) "So...sorry I'm not an artsy person or cool enough or, you know, I'm not super smart, sorry about that" (p.61) Jenny is fascinated about all the changes Adam is going through. Cheats on her fiancé with Adam (they kiss). She falls in love with the changed man. Jenny and Phillip are no longer in a relationship ➜because Jenny was worried about her relationship with Phillip--> falls in love with him →and because of the kiss between Jenny/Adam and Phillip/Evelyn →Jenny broke up with Phillip after she met Evelyn and Adam in a coffee shop. P: "She came over one day, after seeing you, guys, and that was it." (p.65)