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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

ProfPat's Main Page

ProfPat's Education Links

ProfPat's Art Gallery

Department Information

Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website

Humanities Program

Jerome Richfield Hall 253
Phone: 818.677.3431

Humanities Program Website

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman - Literary Discussion Guide



People: Tectonic Theater Project, Laramie Citizens, The Accused, Prosecutors/Police

The Shepards: Matthew, Dennis, Judy

Religious Figures: Reverend, Fred Phelps, Father Roger Schmit


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.

Themes, Motifs, and Symbols

Brutality, Gay-Bashing, Homophobia, Hate Crimes, Death Penalty, Forgiveness, Tolerance, Change, Economic Conflict, Class Issues, Robbery, Religious Tolerance/Intolerance, Judgment, Condemnation, Protests, Parades, Media Impact, AIDS, HIV

Aspects of the Theatrical Stage Production

Use of Dramatic Questions – dramatic hooks, devices to hold the attention of the audience.

Subdivisions: Scene & Act Construction – effect on plot pace, tension.

Experimental Staging: The Effect of a One Stage Set

The visual/audio production as stated in the stage direction (staging, lighting, backdrop, sound effects, music, etc.)