God of Carnage

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Annette vs. Nancy When taking the time to examine the characters of Annette Reille, from the play, and Nancy Cowan, from Carnage, it is easy to find their likenesses, but there are also some noticeable differences. One of the main reasons for all of these differences is merely different interpretations of the character by different readers. For example, the tone in which certain lines are said or in the way a certain action is portrayed can change the whole personality of a character. When reading, the reader portrays each of the characters as he/ she believes them to be, but then another reader could have a difference of opinion and change the whole attitude; this was the case if you consider the readers to be myself and Kate Winslet.…show more content…
When looking at this line, “Brilliant” (Reza1262), from before, the difference is shown wonderfully. In Carnage , Nancy isn’t stating Penelope is really brilliant; she has that “good for you” tone in her voice and could honestly care less about the cobbler. Kate Winslet uses that tone of voice to show her apathy, but also does one simple gesture that tops it off; she raises her eyebrows. Although it doesn’t sound like much, everyone knows that look of annoyance, and that is exactly the one Nancy gave to Penelope in the movie. Later in the play, after shuffling through Veronique’s art books, Annette once again agrees with what Veronique has to say. After Veronique makes the comment about taking her children to concerts, museums, and making them read and saying “We’re eccentric enough to believe in the pacifying abilities of culture!” (Reza1267) about her and her husband; Annette says “And you’re right…” (Reza1267). Once again she is being very agreeable and there is no way to know if this is her actual opinion. Annette is just too busy pleasing Veronique. At the same moment in the play as mentioned before, the movie seems to play out differently. Nancy does shuffle through the table full of magazines but in response to Penelope’s comment like Veronique’s, she gives more of a head nod. Once again the attitude difference is shown between Annette and Nancy in their take on the situation by something very minimal.
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