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His own story of working for a more famous composer is told in a series of letters to his lover Rufus Sixsmith, which are interrupted halfway through and revealed to be in the possession of an investigative journalist named Luisa Rey and so on. Each of the first five tales are interrupt in the middle, with the sixth tale being told in full, before the preceding five tales are finished in reverse order.

Each layer of the story either challenges the veracity of the previous layer, or is challenged by the succeeding layer. Presuming each layer to be a true telling within the overall story, a chain of events is created linking Adam Ewing's embrace of the abolitionist movement in the s to the religious redemption of a post apocalyptic tribal man over a century after the fall of modern civilization. The characters in each nested layer take inspiration or lessons from the stories of their predecessors in a manner that validates a belief stated in the sixth tale that "Our lives are not our own.

We are bound to others, past and present and by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future. The events of the play broadly mirror those of the novel and give the main character, Oedipa Maas, a greater context with which to consider her predicament; the play concerns a feud between two rival mail distribution companies, which appears to be ongoing to the present day, and in which, if this is the case, Oedipa has found herself involved. As in Hamlet , the director makes changes to the original script; in this instance, a couplet that was added, possibly by religious zealots intent on giving the play extra moral gravity, are said only on the night that Oedipa sees the play.

From what Pynchon tells us, this is the only mention in the play of Thurn and Taxis' rivals' name—Trystero—and it is the seed for the conspiracy that unfurls. A significant portion of Walter Moers ' Labyrinth of Dreaming Books is an ekphrasis on the subject of an epic puppet theater presentation. Another example is found in Samuel Delany 's Trouble on Triton , which features a theater company that produces elaborate staged spectacles for randomly selected single-person audiences.

In Manuel Puig 's Kiss of the Spider Woman , ekphrases on various old movies, some real, and some fictional, make up a substantial portion of the narrative.

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They additionally raise the question of whether works of artistic genius justify or atone for the sins and crimes of their creators. This dramatic device was probably first used by Thomas Kyd in The Spanish Tragedy around , where the play is presented before an audience of two of the characters, who comment upon the action. The action and characters in The Murder mirror the murder of Hamlet's father in the main action, and Prince Hamlet writes additional material to emphasize this.

Hamlet wishes to provoke the murderer, his uncle, and sums this up by saying "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. Later he tries to come between them, as Hamlet had done with his mother and her new husband. The tragic developments in the plot follow in part from the scorn the mother shows for her son's play. Shakespeare adopted the play-within-a-play device for many of his other plays as well, including A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labours Lost.

Almost the whole of The Taming of the Shrew is a play-within-a-play, presented to convince Christopher Sly , a drunken tinker, that he is a nobleman watching a private performance, but the device has no relevance to the plot unless Katharina's subservience to her "lord" in the last scene is intended to strengthen the deception against the tinker [11] and is often dropped in modern productions. The musical Kiss Me, Kate is about the production of a fictitious musical , The Taming of the Shrew, based on the Shakespeare play of the same name , and features several scenes from it.

Pericles draws in part on the 14th century Confessio Amantis itself a frame story by John Gower and Shakespeare has the ghost of Gower "assume man's infirmities" to introduce his work to the contemporary audience and comment on the action of the play. The citizen's "apprentice" then acts, pretending to extemporise, in the rest of the play.

This is a satirical tilt at Beaumont's playwright contemporaries and their current fashion for offering plays about London life. The opera Pagliacci is about a troupe of actors who perform a play about marital infidelity that mirrors their own lives, and composer Richard Rodney Bennett and playwright - librettist Beverley Cross 's The Mines of Sulphur features a ghostly troupe of actors who perform a play about murder that similarly mirrors the lives of their hosts, from whom they depart, leaving them with the plague as nemesis.

And John Adams' Nixon in China features a surreal version of Madam Mao's Red Detachment of Women to extraordinary effect, illuminating the ascendance of human values over the disillusionment of high politics in the meeting. In Bertolt Brecht 's The Caucasian Chalk Circle , a play is staged as a parable to villagers in the Soviet Union to justify the re-allocation of their farmland: This kind of play-within-a-play, which appears at the beginning of the main play and acts as a 'frame' for it, is called an 'induction'. Brecht's one-act play The Elephant Calf is a play-within-a-play performed in the foyer of the theatre during his Man Equals Man.

In Jean Giraudoux 's play Ondine , all of act two is a series of scenes within scenes, sometimes two levels deep. This increases the dramatic tension and also makes more poignant the inevitable failure of the relationship between the mortal Hans and water sprite Ondine. The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams has a concurrent double plot with the convention of a play within a play.

The characters in the play are also brother and sister and are also named Clare and Felice. Alternatively, a play might be about the production of a play, and include the performance of all or part of the play, as in Noises Off , A Chorus of Disapproval or Lilies. Similarly, the musical Man of La Mancha presents the story of Don Quixote as an impromptu play staged in prison by Quixote ' s author, Miguel de Cervantes. However, many productions of the show omit "Growltiger's Last Stand", and "The Ballad of Billy McCaw" has at times been replaced with a mock aria, so this metastory isn't always seen.

Depending on the production, there is another musical scene called The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollices where the Jellicles put on a show for their leader. The Musical , there are three play within a plays. First, when Lestat visits his childhood friend, Nicolas, who works in a theater, where he discovers his love for theater; and two more when the Theater of the Vampires perform. One is used as a plot mechanism to explain the vampire god, Marius, which sparks an interest in Lestat to find him.

The play mirrors Tuptim's situation, as she wishes to run away from slavery to be with her lover, Lun Tha. In stagings of Dina Rubina 's play Always the Same Dream , the story is about staging a school play based on a poem by Pushkin. Joseph Heller's play We Bombed in New Haven is about actors engaged in a play about military airmen; the actors themselves become at times unsure whether they are actors or actual airmen. The musical Babes in Arms is about a group of kids putting on a musical to raise money.

The central plot device was retained for the popular film version with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. TV Tropes maintains a list of feature films that feature this plot device. The story of Pamela involves lust, betrayal, death, sorrow, and change, events that are mirrored in the experiences of the actors portrayed in Day for Night. There are a wealth of other movies that revolve around the film industry itself, even if not centering exclusively on one nested film. These include the darkly satirical classic Sunset Boulevard about an aging star and her parasitic victim, and the Coen Brothers' farce Hail, Caesar!

In addition to the Victorian love story of the book, Pinter creates a present-day background story that shows a love affair between the main actors. In Buster Keaton 's Sherlock, Jr. A similar device is used in the seminal music video Take on me by A-ha , which features a young woman entering a cartoon universe.

Conversely, Woody Allen 's Purple Rose of Cairo is about a movie character exiting the movie to interact with the real world. Allen's earlier film Play it Again, Sam featured liberal use of characters, dialogue and clips from the film classic Casablanca as a central device. The film presents The Shrinking Lover in the form of a black-and-white silent melodrama. To prove his love to a scientist girlfriend, The Shrinking Lover protagonist drinks a potion that makes him progressively smaller. The resulting seven-minute scene, which is readily intelligible and enjoyable as a stand-alone short subject, is considerably more overtly comic than the rest of Talk to Her —the protagonist climbs giant breasts as if they were rock formations and even ventures his way inside a compared to him gigantic vagina.

Critics have noted that The Shrinking Lover essentially is a sex metaphor. Later in Talk to Her, the comatose Alicia is discovered to be pregnant and Benigno is sentenced to jail for rape. The Shrinking Lover was named Best Scene of in the Skandies , an annual survey of online cinephiles and critics invited each year by critic Mike D'Angelo.

Tropic Thunder is a comedy film revolving around a group of prima donna actors making a Vietnam War film itself also named "Tropic Thunder" when their fed-up writer and director decide to abandon them in the middle of the jungle, forcing them to fight their way out.

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The concept was perhaps inspired by the comedy Three Amigos , where three washed-up silent film stars are expected to live out a real-life version of their old hit movies. The same idea of life being forced to imitate art was also reprised in the Star Trek parody Galaxy Quest. The first episode of the anime series The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya consists almost entirely of a poorly made film that the protagonists created, complete with Kyon 's typical, sarcastic commentary.

Chuck Jones 's cartoon Duck Amuck shows Daffy Duck trapped in a cartoon that an unseen animator repeatedly manipulates. At the end, it is revealed that the whole cartoon was being controlled by Bugs Bunny. The Duck Amuck plot was essentially replicated in one of Jones' later cartoons, Rabbit Rampage , in which Bugs Bunny turns out to be the victim of the sadistic animator Elmer Fudd. A similar plot was also included in an episode of Baby Looney Tunes , in which Bugs was the victim, Daffy was the animator, and it was made on a computer instead of a pencil and paper.

In Nekromantik , the protagonist goes to the cinema to see the fictional slasher film Vera. Quentin Tarantino 's Inglourious Basterds depicts a Nazi propaganda film called Nation's Pride , which glorifies a soldier in the German army. Nation's Pride is directed by Eli Roth.

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The martial arts epic Hero presented the same narrative several different times, as recounted by different storytellers, but with both factual and aesthetic differences. Similarly, in the whimsical Terry Gilliam film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen , and the Tim Burton film Big Fish , the bulk of the film is a series of stories told by an extremely unreliable narrator. In the Tarsem film The Fall , an injured silent-movie stuntman tells heroic fantasy stories to a little girl with a broken arm to pass time in the hospital, which the film visualizes and presents with the stuntman's voice becoming voiceover narration.

The fantasy tale bleeds back into and comments on the film's "present-tense" story.

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The same conceit of an unreliable narrator was used to very different effect in the crime drama The Usual Suspects which garnered an Oscar for Kevin Spacey 's performance. The seminal Japanese film Rashomon , based on the Japanese short story " In a Grove " , utilizes the flashback -within-a-flashback technique. The story unfolds in flashback as the four witnesses in the story—the bandit, the murdered samurai , his wife, and the nameless woodcutter—recount the events of one afternoon in a grove.

But it is also a flashback within a flashback, because the accounts of the witnesses are being retold by a woodcutter and a priest to a ribald commoner as they wait out a rainstorm in a ruined gatehouse. The movie Inception has a deeply nested structure that is itself part of the setting, as the characters travel deeper and deeper into layers of dreams within dreams.

Similarly, in the beginning of the music video for the Michael Jackson song " Thriller ", the heroine is terrorized by her monster boyfriend in what turns out to be a movie within a dream. The film Grand Budapest Hotel has four layers of narration; starting with a young girl at the author's memorial reading his book, it cuts to the old author in telling of an incident in when he, as a young author, stayed at the hotel and met the owner, old Zero.

He was then told the story of young Zero and M Gustave, from , which makes up most of the narrative. The film Moulin Rouge! The Ernst Lubitsch comedy To Be or Not to Be confuses the audience in the opening scenes with a play, "The Naughty Nazis", about Adolf Hitler which appears to be taking place within the actual plot of the film. Hamlet also serves as an important throughline in the film, as suggested by the title. Laurence Olivier sets the opening scene of his film of Henry V in the tiring room of the old Globe Theatre as the actors prepare for their roles on stage. The early part of the film follows the actors in these "stage" performances and only later does the action almost imperceptibly expand to the full realism of the Battle of Agincourt.

By way of increasingly more artificial sets based on mediaeval paintings the film finally returns to The Globe. Mel Brook's film, The Producers , revolves around a scheme to make money by producing a disastrously bad Broadway musical, Springtime For Hitler. Ironically the film itself was later made into its own Broadway musical although a more intentionally successful one. The Outkast music video for the song "Roses" is a short film about a high school musical. This is Book Two in my new series. It is a collection of nine short stories written from inside prison.

So why do I write? I write for many reasons. Sometimes, I write just to escape from this reality An escape into an imagined paradise. Or in remembrance of a paradise once experienced but long since forgotten. Sometimes, I write from memories of a past life; One very different and far removed from the confines of these gray walls and rolls of razor wire. Sometimes I write with a sense of the present Lashing out at the judicial injustice currently endured.

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Sometimes I write with the hopes and dreams of freedom And a future outside of this black hole in which I currently merely exist. My writings are a mirror in so much as they are a reflection of who I am. It is this reflection I sometimes share with others Exposing just a small glimpse of the reflection in the mirror Which is me.

And so I write. Diary of a Creeper: Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun. Snapper Jack the Crocodile. The Horror in the Library and Other Stories. The Temple of Destruction: Book One — The Lost Treasures.


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The Falconry, A Short Story. Evergreen A Christmas Tale. I hope that the next time this author writes another story, he considers that. Otherwise, very real, easy to fall into and interesting!

I didn't get to the ending yet, so, I hope that the author is either home or close to it by now. I like non fiction accounts of prison life, and this book tells it all. The writing style is effective and easy to follow, although I found it hard to follow the spanish speaking parts, which weren't excessive. This book gives a glimpse into real prison life and the many hardships that that entails. He tells it like it is and gives a sobering account of everyday life.

The artwork is very good, detailed and interesting. Overall, it's a good read, interesting and the price is right. I'll probably buy the other books that his website previews. Prison Stories was an excellent read. Seth Ferranti makes you feel like your there in the jail yard experiencing the events. The book opened my eyes to the corruption from within the system. Hopefully one day the system will change to a place that actaully rehabs people and doesn't just keep them in a warehouse.

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