Discussion Response Mistaken Identity: A Ten Minute Play Kali
Each response should be at least 75 words in length and should address two or more of the following points:
- Do you agree with your classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
- Ask a specific question to encourage further discussion on the topic.
- Challenge your classmates’ interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
- Do a small amount of research and share what you learn with your peers about the topic discussed in this post.
There were a couple of conflicts present in this story but the one that resonated with me is the conflict of Individual versus Society. Kali is afraid to inform her family that she is a lesbian for fear of rejection. She is worried her family will not accept her and even forbid her from seeing her nieces. There was also the conflict Kali presented within herself (individual vs. self) that becomes evident when she admits that deep down she may want Steve to divulge her secret for her.
The first literary technique I noticed in the play is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is defined as “when the reader or audience knows more about the action than the character involved” (Clugston, 2014). We as the reader are already aware that Kali is a lesbian and Steve is a straight man desperate to marry. When Steve begins to propose marriage the reader is aware of the pending outcome. The second technique is resolution. After a somewhat intense discussion between the two main characters on their positions within the story, they come to a conclusion. Kali and Steve begin to listen and understand each other. The story concludes with the two accepting one another’s positions and continuing a friendly dinner.
Clugston, R.W. (2014). Journey into Literature. Retrieved from: