Comparing and Contrasting Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and On Our Selection
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Time really is the essence of the play. Time is life. But time changes things and this is what the characters find they cannot cope with change. One wonderful and resonated text is relied on its typical characters. When we look back into the history of texts, we easily find that there are many timeless characters memorized by us. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and On Our Selection are two classical examples indicating the legend of characters, which are meaningful and functional to the texts and bring them with readership.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a lasting play as it can be transposed to be as relevant today as when it was written. The play is about change and the inability for some to deal with it, the battle between dream…show more content… Time is catching up with Barney as well and he is no longer the epitome of male prowess that he believed he once was. Underneath the smiling, joking façade he really is a fairly pathetic man who doesn't truly understand what is happening to him. Nancy, who the audience never actually meets, was the only one who saw that change was occurring and wanted to get out of the illusion that they were living in before it totally crumbled away. She embraced the change that was happening and Olive mistakes this for treachery. The downfall of the characters, especially Olive, really is rather tragic. In the final scene Roo accepts that change - as much as he does not want it - must happen, he asks Olive to marry him. Her dreams are now shattered and she sees Roo as the one who has taken them from her; "I want what I had before. You give it back to me - give me back what you've taken." Change is inevitable and a person has to learn that the same pattern of living cannot serve them feasibly forever. The corruption of dreams presented by Olive clearly provides the well-known link between dreams and reality. Olive shows the audience how dreams can sustain, but also prevent from growing up and maturing.
The theme of mateship is also explored fluently in the play, which contributes a big stage for each character for fully expended. We see the loyalties that each character