Respond to the posts of 2+ colleagues in 3+ sentences each. Use the “praise/question/polish” format in your responses. Remember to focus on ideas rather than on grammar. See “discussion board directions” for more on constructive feedback.
1)Okay I won’t say the obvious, but I’m quite certain that the bell represents nothing being certain, or more specifically, a sure thing. I find this play to be a representation of how communication between two people working toward a relationship goes in today’s generation. There’s always a feeling of security, until there isn’t. Everytime the bell rang, a different response to the same question was given. Proving, is anything in life a sure thing? Can something so simple as the sound of a bell disregard something that seemed so definite? I noticed that after the bell was rung almost every other line, Ives let conversation between Betty and Bill build and eventually, it was a while before the bell was used. I can relate to Betty a lot however due to her being so upfront and honest with Bill. Especially when she asks him if he’s genuinely interested in her.
I find it interesting how Ives chooses until the end for Betty to tell Bill that she has three children, due to the fact that it’s usually the guy that waits to share his baggage. I do feel like a spark could’ve started but the bell interrupted it. By the way, Entenmann’s crumb cake is amazing!
2) Before I start to read the play, David Ives gives the reader and the characters a heads up that the bell is in no way a physical form, but more of a self-conscious symbol. In the beginning, Bill is rejected by Betty to sit in the empty seat. Seems like a usual response from a woman towards a man they have no interest in. When Bill says, “Sure thing”, it is followed by the bell. The lines continue as is the dialogue has started over from the beginning of the conversation. The bell does not seem as significant in the beginning of the play, but becomes a vital use for the characters, Bill and Betty, to start the conversation again from where they leave off. The whole play is based off Bill and Betty creating small talk, but the bell is what keeps the conversation going. Reading this play sort of made me think of the movie Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. In the movie, Tom’s character is in a war and every time he failed or died, he had to start over and retry. In “Sure Thing”, the bell is a symbolism of the characters rethinking their choice of continuing the conversation instead of leaving the space filled with awkwardness.