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									Siekmeier               Man in a Case story and play

“The Man in a Case”
1. To classify this type of story, we would call it a _____ story.

2. What is/are the occasion or circumstances of the story?

3. Who are the first two named characters?

4. Who is the “audience” and who is the “storyteller”?

5. Who is the subject of the story? About whom is the story told?

6. What is the occupation of this person?

7. Using a phrase quoted from the story, capture the character’s
approach to life.

8. What is his effect on the village (in one word)?

9. What was his habit while visiting people?

10. Name the two new arrivals to the village.

11. For what purpose did the new arrivals come to the village?

12. What was their nationality?

13. What was the brother’s nickname for Belikov?

14. What split Belikov and Varya (Varenka)?

15. What is the theme-purpose-message of this story? You may
quote or i.d. a passage, if you please.

List the key differences between the story and the play.

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Wendy Wasserstein’s Dramatic Differences
One (Alex H, Jennifer)
In the play B and V’s relationship is the focus.
More insights into V’s character and her love of B.

Two (Mike S, Katie C, Paul, and Mazie)
No narrator in story; play is dialogue (in the scene and thus personalizes story).
One short scene, so more focused. Shows oddness of couple instead of just how
they began and ended.

Three (Lauren, Aly, Saryn, Nicky)
What might have been confusing about who was saying what was clear in the

Four (Jena, Lindsey)
In the story, B. only sees V. ride bike; here V. rides bike to house; no pushing
down stairs scene; only funny bike riding episode.

Five (Connor, Rachel)
B. not as intimidating in the play as in the story, because we hear him speak and
interact with V. instead of only hearing about him by reputation.

Not in frame style.

Dialogue predominates play.
More comical because Belikov more bubbly [animated, vociferous] in play.

WW developed Varinka’s character more by providing more dialogue and thus
more character revelation.

Gott Some
Byelinkov’s seclusion and idiosyncrasies obvious in dialogue.

Purple Cobras
Byelinkov speaks instead of being described.

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     Less background info on Belikov in play vs. Burkin’s prologue in story.
     Only two characters in play vs. teller, immediate audience, other
townspeople in story.
     Caricature and stair episode not in play. Bicycle situation altered.

Overall, the play is a slice of imagined life from the courtship of B and V while
the story likely gives more the big picture. The play pictures the hopelessness of
such an individual. The story states this theme on page 184, with other more
global application twice on p. 185.

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