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Setting: The summer of 1940 in the Costa Verde Hotel in Puerto Barrio on the west coast of Mexico.
Plot: The play begins with Reverend Shannon in a tourist bus filled with women traveling toward the Costa Verde Hotel. Maxine Faulk, the owner and a good friend, welcomes him and orders her two servants, Pedro and Pancho (her sexual toys, just because of her needs), to help with the bags. Shannon greets Maxine but he is calling for her husband; however, Maxine tells him that Fred is dead. He died two weeks ago from an infection when he cut his hand on a fish hook. The eleven women in the tourist bus are schoolteachers at a Baptist Female College in Blowing Rock, Texas, and they are angry because Shannon took them to the wrong hotel and is keeping the ignition key in his pocket, so they cannot leave. The women start to come up to the hotel while Shannon is complaining about his trip, and the seventeen year old girl named Charlotte. Charlotte is in love with him. Miss Judith Fellows, Charlotte's escort, comes up to Shannon and Maxine and complains to them that this is not the hotel that they were supposed to go to. Shannon tells her that this hotel is a better place and tries to calm her down. Miss Fellows does not like Shannon and is trying to get him fired, because while the trip something happened between Shannon and Charlotte (the seventeen year old girl); however, Shannon is already on probation because something happened between him and another young girl some time ago. Judith asks to use the telephone so she can call a judge in Blowing Rock, Texas to charge him for
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Suddenly. but she accepts them for one night. The bus driver named Hank wants ignition key and start fighting with Shannon. Hannah Jelkes and Nonno come to the hotel without reservations. Maxine does not want to take them. the women are packing their bags onto the bus and getting on it. While they continue talking Pedro and Pancho catch an iguana and tie it up. and Hannah begins to have a conversation with Shannon while she sketches him. but Charlotte refuses. Shannon discusses why he was locked out of the church and tells her it was because he had fornication and committed heresy in the same week. and Nonno is the oldest living and practicing poet who has been in the middle of a poem for years. He also confesses that he thinks that Hannah is a great woman and needs someone like her to help him. Her father is planning to try to get a warrant for Shannon's arrest and never let him come back to the states again. Shannon comes into the room after being at the beach. two new characters. Judith and Charlotte leave. Miss Fellows returns and calls the tour a cheat.statutory rape. however. Shannon answers that he would go back to the Church or take a long swim to China. Shannon considers them special guest. but as soon as he gets there he hides from Charlotte who is looking for him. Judith comes into the room looking for Charlotte and tells her that she called her father. Shannon goes crazy and yells that he going to swim to The Night of The Iguana Page 2 . Hannah and Nonno do not have any money and want to pay by displaying their work. Shannon comes out of his hiding place and tells Charlotte that he doesn't love her and to leave him alone. Maxine tells them that the hotel is closed during September and only special guest are allowed. Charlotte takes the key from Shannon's pocket. Hannah asks Shannon what would he do if he got fired from Blake Tours. While Shannon and Hannah are still talking. while Shannon is fighting with Hank about not giving him the key. While Maxine and Shannon are talking. Miss Fellows enters the room and upsets Shannon by saying he was defrocked for atheism and seducing girls and leaves with the rest of the women. Shannon begs her to let the ladies stay at this hotel. Hanna paints and is a sketch artist. Shannon says that Hank is a foe and is very disappointed in him. While Maxine is shaving Shannon's beard.
Pedro: employee of the hotel. he clam down and they see an iguana at the end of its rope. He recites it while Hanna writes it down. Main Characters: Maxine Faulk: owner of the Costa Verde Hotel.China. Pedro and Pancho run after him and tie him up in the hammock. Judith Fellowes: Vocal teacher who takes special care of Charlotte throughout the trip. During their talking. Shannon finally cuts the iguana loose while Nonno comes out with his completed poem. In the end. Shannon. Hannah leaves alone and Shannon stays with Maxine. Pancho: employee of the hotel. Secondary Characters: Hank: Shannon's companion on Blake Tours and bus driver. Hannah Jelkes: woman who has no money and wants to stay at the hotel with her grandfather for free. Jonathan Coffin (Nonno): Hannah's grandfather. 97 years old. Hannah wants Shannon to cut the rope. Hannah puts a shawl over Nonno as he dies in his sleep. but Shannon doesn't want to because it is a delicacy in Mexico. Charlotte Goodall: musical prodigy who is interested in Rev. Hannah tries to calm Shannon down with poppy-seed tea and by having a conversation with him. The Night of The Iguana Page 3 . Hannah takes Nonno to bed while Maxine yells at Shannon for letting the iguana loose. Reverend Shannon: Tour conductor of Black Tours who used to be a Reverend. She also tells him that she wants him to stay with her and manage the hotel but he does not give an answer.
Shannon is probably the loneliest character in the play. The first example is Maxine. She offers to shave his beard. When Shannon first arrives at her hotel. bring him new shoes. but after he died she became lonelier. At the beginning of the play. she wants to fill the emptiness she has with him. and has no close friends to count on. He lost respect from the church. and his actions prove that he is lonely. He has no one to fill his need for attention. does not seem to be close with his family. Symbolism Iguana: The iguana plays an important role in the play. Just like Maxine held Shannon captive in the hammock and at the hotel. She has always been lonely even when her husband was alive. However. but Hannah thought they should let it go. In Mexico the iguana is considered a delicacy. the only way for the iguana and Shannon to survive is to let them go.Themes Loneliness: Many characters in this play present loneliness. she held the iguana captive. He had sex with Charlotte just because he needed contact. and wear Fred's old clothes. does not have a wife or girlfriend. Character Analysis The Night of The Iguana Page 4 . Pedro and Pancho captured an iguana and tied it close to the hotel.
and she is left with the hotel to take care of all by herself. He does not know what he wants. Hannah tells Shannon and Maxine that she is not ashamed of her financial situation. but he never answers. but never seems to find one in the play. They travel together but do not have any money. Hannah Jelkes: Hannah is a person that is not ashamed of anything. she also asks him to help her with the hotel. but does many things to hurt his chances of going back to the Church. Her husband has just died. so she uses her servants. but is proud of what she has. Pedro and Pancho. She is a very loving and caring person who does not care about material things. She did not have a very sexual relationship with her husband. He had sex with a seventeen year old girl because he felt that he needed the contact. and his current job has put him on probation before the play even starts. Maxine Faulk: Maxine is very lonely with her life. and she sketches people. and his actions keep putting him in trouble. She also uses Shannon to try to replace Fred. shoes. and bed hoping that he would accept the position. and throughout the play she takes care of Shannon also. She offers him Fred's clothes. Maxine wants to have a man to take care of her. She lives to take care of her grandfather. to replace the void that she once had. and now he will soon be charged for statutory rape. Her grandfather is the oldest living and practicing poet. Shannon is already accused of fornication and heresy in the church. He knows that he still wants to be a reverend.Reverend Shannon: Shannon is a very confused character in the play. Irony The Night of The Iguana Page 5 . At the end of the play.
Shannon asks Maxine a cold beer instead of a rum-coco. Shannon committed fornication with a girl instead of helping her to pray in the church. this one allows the author suggests that his story can be interpreted according to their readers’ experiences and cultural backgrounds without misinterpreting its basic plot. The play ends with an unclear and unforeseen ending. The Night of The Iguana Page 6 .1. however. Ending Close ending. 2.