Sample Literature Essay on First/second Impression from Both a Man Perspective as Well as the Woman

First/second impression from both a man perspective as well as the woman

From the socialization point of view, it is a fact that first impressions are, immensely significant; therefore, both men and women should strive to make good first impressions. However, in spite of the significance of first impressions, it is important to note that there are many variations in which conversations between men and women could take place, these variations impact conversations in different ways. This essay will analyze specific variations and the impact they have on conversations between men and women by taking David Ives’ “sure Thing” play, as a case study.

The play Sure Thing, presents an audience with two strangers who swirl into a budding romance (Ives). The play is set in a coffee shop, most people have had conversations at coffee shops with strangers, in many cases, people walk out of these coffee shops wishing that they said something different to the strangers they met. Settings greatly influence conversations and eventually how people make their first impressions in many ways, in the case of Sure Thin, the setting provides a comfortable and quiet place that is ideal for reading and relaxing, it is conversation inviting providing an opportunity for anyone interested in having a conversation (Ives 1). People need an environment that is ideal to impress others and engage them in an insightful conversation.

The atmosphere at the coffee shop looks casual and friendly for a talk, it also makes the audience more apt to believe that a woman will allow a man to sit on an empty chair and pick up a conversation with her in a café rather than a bus stop or any other setting. The setting gives the impression that the café is always full with customers and that finding an empty chair is a rare event, but on this occasion, Betty; a character in the play is reading a book, opposite where she is sitting, is an empty chair. Bill notices the empty chair and a beautiful woman, he walks to the woman and asks if the chair is taken, the woman responds that the chair has already been taken, a bell sounds and the scene begins again (Ives 1). Betty refuses Bill once more and the sound starts a third time, this goes on for five times, until Betty finally allows Bill to sit down. The bell acts as a relay button; allowing the characters to try the encounters repeatedly until they get it; it separates the character dialogue and gives them a second chance to make a second impression. The repetition in the dialogue by the characters forces them to make some distinctive changes, every time the bell rings; this helps the audience not to lose the thread of the conversation.

The theme of the play is based on the ability to change a conversation from being awkward to become a “sure thing” by using few words. First impressions are lasting and what people say will always be remembered, that is why it is important for people to choose their words wisely (Grimes 10). Each person has a desire to use the right kind of words, however, when making the first impression or second impression this is not always the case and most people leave the setting wondering why they had to say what they said. If there were a chance to make a second impression, most people would go for it. The humorous play says a great deal about the way that people meet and connect or even fail to hit off in the first place. In the play, Bill clarifies his status as single, an important step taken when a man is trying to make a first impression on a potential date.

The ability to have a conversation is determined by the person that you really are; character determines the influence that a person has for another person. The characters in the play Sure Thing; Bill and Betty, are representative of every man and every woman in the world who yearns to make a lasting first impression (Ives 2). From the conversations between the two characters, it is evident that there is an attraction between Bill and Betty; however, the way they interact to express this attraction is dependent on their gender aspect. Bill is very cautious not to communicate weakness and vulnerability, as this can destroy his image and ruin the first or even second impression, as a man, Bill jumps from one topic to another a communication trait that is common when men are communicating with women.  

In conclusion, a conversation between a man and a woman can take place in very many variations. In regards to David Ives play; Sure Thing, theme, setting, plot and character are significant as they help the audience understand the conversation variations between men and women. The setting in the play motivates the interaction between Betty and Bill in that it provides an ideal environment in which conversations can be held. In regards to character, Bill does not express weakness or vulnerability in his efforts to impress Betty, this character trait is common among men.

Work cited

Grimes, William. “David Ives Quick Hit Approach to Staging Human Comedy.” The New York Times 4 January 1994.

Ives, David. “Sure Thing.” Ives, David. All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays. New York: Vintage Publishers, 1994. 1.

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