Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The play director has access to a variety of approaches for script analysis. The purpose of this thesis was to complete a script analysis of the characters in Harold G. Sliker's (1944) adapted and abridged one-act version of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, through application of speech-act theory. The script was coded according to the speech-acts used on a line by line basis. The results provided understanding of the characters speech actions. This provides the director with descriptions of the characters actions and the speech actions the actor should use for believability. Speech-act theory was applicable to the earlier style of English language in the script. Script analysis by speech-act theory’s applicable but does not prove to be better than other tools the director already uses.


Carolyn Sue Strohkirch

Date of Award

Summer 1999

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1999 Sherry Stroh


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