Cain and Abel
This exercise is to write a dialog
between two individuals. You will break up into groups of two. This is
a very emotional and dramatic episode because it involves a death scene.
Try not to be melodramatic. Editors note:
This works just as well between two sisters or a sister and a brother.
The Murderer: You are insanely jealous of your brother. You will be in the middle of an everyday conversation with him when you will poison him with either a hypodermic or a drink. You will tell him what you have done and that there is no antidote. He will have only a few minutes to live. You must invent the reasons as to why you hate Abel so. To your horror your sibling forgives you. In the end, you realize that you have lost a friend and destroyed part of yourself. In your moment of triumph you come to know that there is no way you can live with this mistake. By the way, there is no poison left.
The Victim: You
are not a saint. You can be initially angry at your murderer. But when
all is said and done, you love your brother and know that vengeance is
futile. What good would it do if you were to kill your brother too. You
can see that your murderer would almost welcome death. You must invent
auxiliary reasons as to why you want your brother to survive (for example:
your niece, your mother, etc.) You must come up with ways to protect your
sibling from the criminal investigation or the shame to your family that
will follow. Be inventive as to how, you, the victim, can help your killer
You know as well, that you are poisoned and must begin little by little to fade away.
must lament over the lack of communication and sensitivity that led
to this horrible impasse. You have to discuss and regret the absence of
a future for you two, the things that you will never do, or do again.