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Meodrama In The Children's Hour Melodrama Play

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The play, The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman is a perfect example of a melodramatic play. Melodrama provokes the audience to be concerned primarily with the outcome of a story, which in this case, is the question of whether or not Mary will get away with her lies and manipulations. The quote above serves as an example of how melodrama is focused on the plot rather than on the development of the characters. It all started with a little girl’s lie, and this plot twist of Martha confessing her love is pure and utter dramatic genius. A typical feature of melodrama is, for example a scene that contains a line of surprising intensity and power. Above all, this scene gives the readers immediate insight into a character. In this case, Martha
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