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ERIC Number: ED087074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 10
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Performing the Narrators in Jean Stafford's "The Hope Chest."
JoAnn Niehaus, Sister
"The Hope Chest," a short story by Jean Stafford, offers a challenge to the oral interpreter of literature because it demands that the performer demonstrate its complex narrative levels. There are five distinct facets in the personality of the central character, Miss Bellamy: a lonely, fearful old lady; a shrewd, hospitable mistress of her household; a dour, tyrannical woman; a bitter old-maid of thirty-five; and a happy young girl. The reader-narrator must reveal differing attitudes about Miss Bellamy--sympathetic at some points, cold and critical at others. Finally, the "implied" point of view of the author, Miss Stafford, causes the reader-interpreter to feel sympathy for a character whose attitudes and behavior would normally be socially unacceptable. A successful performance of this story depends on the interpreter's abilities to portray the five aspects of Miss Bellamy's character, to express the differing relationships of the narrator to her, and to suggest the values and attitudes of the author. (RN)
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