So, you've concluded this class in Oral Interpretation of Literature. Now what? Broadway? Community theatre? Slam poetry readings? Open mic nights? Perhaps!
Or, perhaps not.
Perhaps you will use the skills from this class in subtler and more frequent ways. As discussed in chapter 1, think of the various ways that you "perform" every day. Consider how much more effective the communication of any verbal message can be with expressive nonverbal accompaniment. In your personal life and career, you will be asked to perform multiple times in the theatre of life. As you shift in and out of various roles (from student to manager to significant other to caregiver and more), you must be flexible and real in your portrayal of them. Almost everything we do requires some level of performance, from managing interpersonal relationships to building a career.
Perhaps you will also use your skills to look at art in new ways. Song lyrics might take on new meaning, you may see deeper significance in movies or plays. As you move through stages of life, you will use your analysis skills to examine art you thought you understood and discover new themes based on your values, beliefs, and experiences that have changed you over time.
Or, perhaps the most tangible way you will use these skills will be as you read a story to an important child in your life. She will look at you, wide-eyed and ready to listen, as she hands you her favorite book. You will regale her with different character voices, expressive faces, and ability to chat with her afterwards about what the book meant to her. And maybe, just maybe, you will create your own little oral interpretation performer.