Essay on "away" the play by shakirra watt

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This is just an Essay i wrote for my english class


In the play “away” the concept of physical journeys as a way of restoring order to the word is explained though the technique of allusion & also the way Gow uses Tom as a symbol of Jesus and how he restores order to the world.

In the play away Gow uses allusion at the start and the conclusion of the play. He does this by putting a play within his play. The play away opens with a scene from midsummer night’s dream. This gives us a hint on what may happen in the play and what the theme may be. In midsummer night’s dream they all end up in the forest together which brings everyone together and in away there is big storm which brings everyone together. The last two sentences of Midsummer night’s dream is “so, good night to you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends, and robin shall restore amends”, this is trying to say that if you take toms hand and listen to his story you might just come to realisation.

Gow also concludes the play with allusion, yet another play within a play. The play at the end of away is yet another one of Shakespeare’s play it is called King Lear. This helps finish the play by giving us an allusion of what might happen after the play as concluded. Tom is reading out the opening speech to King Lear in class, Tom reads out “… while we unburdened crawl toward death” which is finishing the play for us saying that tom will eventually die but he is no longer burdened by these families.

Characterisation and symbolism is used throughout the play, in fact Tom in the play is a symbol himself. Tom is a symbol to Jesus by the way he comes into the world and is a sacrifice to restore order to the world and to teach others that their life isn’t as bad as they thought it to be.

In the play Coral had just lost her son in the war, she couldn’t cope with her loss so she lost it went crazy and just went into her own little world. Tom teaches Coral that although she has lost her son it doesn’t mean it’s the end of her life He does this by telling Coral about his cancer. He makes her come back to reality and fix herself because she realises that she is not the only one that has lost or could lose their son. At the end of the play when they are putting on a play coral plays a mortal and tom plays a ghost lost at sea. In this play coral says “forever in the darkness of the sea I follow my beloved. How I yearn for the land, the sky, the grass, but to walk causes me terrible pain in my neither regions. So far from home, swimming after my ghostly lover” by this the author is trying to explain how she feel about losing her son in the war, she wants to come back to normality but it is too painful for her.

 

 

Vic and Harry are the parents of tom and ever since they found out he had cancer they have been over protective about making sure he doesn’t do anything that could harm him or make his cancer worse.  Somehow being on the beach made Vic and Harry realise that they have to move on because they can’t stop Tom’s cancer from taking over he will eventually die anyway and they should enjoy the time they have with him.

Gwen and Jim are the parents of Meg. Gwen is over re-active about everything in the world because she is afraid of losing her high standards of living most of the time she is yelling and nagging at Jim and Meg. At the beach when Vic and Gwen go for a walk Vic tells Gwen about Tom’s cancer which makes Gwen learn that it is better to cherish and love the moments she has with Jim and Meg rather than wasting her time with them nagging and yelling.

This is how the concept of physical journeys restores order to the world, in order to deal with your problems you must confront them and realise that you are allot better of then some people in the world.
 


Submitted: April 07, 2012

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