Reading “The Completeness” by Itamar Moses was not a complex reading but the internal messages and conflicts are really interesting and not easy at all. We were asked to analyze the play by answering Fuch’s questions in her “Visit to a Small Planet” essay.
First looking at the world this play in I can say that it is contained and interior space. The scenes are always in small spaces like Molly’s or Elliot’s place, public computer cluster, lab, office and even the stage itself is used as interruption to the play’s world. The play takes place in modern age we can say in present, time moves from one moment to the other and is marked by locations or the color of sunlight. The time is linear even though there are some flashbacks. It is autumn and it is has the linearity of a campus life. The mood is melancholic, delicate and restrained and it is created by light or sound; light of computer monitor, computer sounds and characters’ voices.
The social world of the play is public, present social norms. There are separation in classes by the department the characters are in and if they are grad students, undergrad students or teachers. The scenes always portray isolated individuals and how they are connecting with each other. There are symmetrical relationships almost mirroring each other and the mirror is the main characters’ relationship.
The language is dialogue based and the emotional deep conversations are cut off and in a way taking away the seriousness of the subject. Academical dialogues are more direct, flowing and delivered smoothly. When there is a silence in the play it represents internal conflicts or moments of connections.
The play starts at public computer cluster with the main characters meeting each other for the first time and it ends in public computer cluster with the main characters talking about what happened between them. Both scenes open a new door at the end for the viewer to follow through. In the middle of the play there is an important moment in Molly’s place where they reveal their baggages to each other and they are opening up to each other. That’s climax of the play and as a viewer you know that the first phase of the play is over. The algorithm Elliot tries to build to simulate biological rules symbolizes them overanalyzing their emotional lives, emotions and their personalities even.
The play made me reach into my emotional problems concerning intimacy and I think the play wants us, the viewers, to realize that these problems are our generation’s problems.
The main characters are Elliot and Molly. Elliot is really logical, organized and it reflects his background in Computer Science. Molly is more chaotic, unpredictable which reflects her background in Biology.
The completeness is about trying to have a connection with someone.
The completeness is about trying to overcome the fears we have so we can connect with someone.
The completeness is about two people, Elliot and Molly, who want to connect with each other. At first they seem to be good together but as soon as they open up to each other their baggages get ahold of them even though they vocalize their willingness to overcome them. In the end Elliot is the one who breaks the cycle by breaking Molly’s barriers.
My “Cornell Box” of “The Completeness”
I wanted to create a box that symbolizes the main characters’ emotional conflicts and their attempts to connect. I used black rope to symbolize Molly and mustard rope to symbolize Elliot. You can see that Elliot is more linear more logical and Molly is chaotic and both of them have built a wall to separate them from others. They try to breach the wall but they are also scared to go too deep which symbolizes intimacy and is symbolized by the bottom of the box. Also the box itself is a box that I kept with me for 12 years, I also contain the conflicts the characters are facing.