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Introducing Constance In Ann-Marie MacDonalds Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet the audience is swept into the playful subconscious of the protagonist Constance Ledbelly Before she speaks her imaginative nature is introduced by way of Act I The Prologue The chorus enters giving an intriguing monologue in which the first stages of an exciting transformation begin to unfold The Prologue is so useful in that it gives indications of plot theme conflict and so on All of which carry a heavy dramatic significance However Ann-Marie Macdonald suggests that the biggest use of The Prologue is in developing the character of Constance The chorus begins by asking Whats alchemy The hoax of charlatans 5 In other words is alchemy a transformation of base metals into gold or just the trick of a fraud or phony Can such transformation exist not just in the mind but also in reality Such a statement indicates that there shall be a changing of sorts This change is seen literally as Constances fountain pen is later transformed to solid gold But this change is also seen as a transformation of character From something plain to something miraculous Constance begins as a flighty insecure and somewhat foolish daydreamer Some might call her a push-over She is full of eccentricities and is not taken too seriously dressed in her frumpy clothes However later after her encounters with Desdemona and Juliet she becomes strong and opinionated She opens herself to the possibility of embarrassment and mochary by speaking her mind and interfering where she deems fit The Prologue gives the audience a clue of the changes Constance will endure Thus setting up her character In The Prologue the chorus speaks of opposites coming together He mentions the merging of unconscious selves and the marriage of true minds6 These unconscious selves perhaps are actually Desdemona and Juliet living within Constances unconscious They are parts of her Desdemona represents the driven
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