In Eliot words are actions. The monologue does describe an arc, so it is
not difficult to see it constituting a dramatic action.
Nancy Gish wrote:
> I do not understand how this can be a "classical dramatic structure"
> when it states the opposite. That structure is a description of an
> action: it refers to plot. And the central point Gerontion describes
> is precisely that he has not acted. He was not at the hot gates; he
> is old and simply waiting. He says "we have not reached conclusion"
> [i.e., no climax or denoument]. He speaks only of endless "small
> deliberations"--thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season." Classical
> drama is about acting and its consequences. There is no action
> depicted in the lines you quote.
> When Eliot turned to drama--even in the early /Sweeney Agonistes/--he
> showed actions. I do not see the point of what you call an
> observation that cannot apply in this case.
> >>> Chokh Raj 02/19/10 11:05 PM >>>
> 'Gerontion' - the dramatic arc
> Here I am, *an old man in a dry month*, [line 1]
> I *an old man, // /A dull head among windy spaces *[lines 15-16]
> I have no ghosts / *An old man in a draughty house / Under a windy
> knob*. [lines 30-32]
> And *an old man driven by the Trades / To a sleepy corner*. [lines
> To me the monologue moves along the lines of a classical dramatic
> structure -- with an Exposition, a Rising Action, a Climax, and a
> just an observation