Cosi Fan Tutte Essay

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..Year 12 English Essay..

Nowra's play is set in a 'burnt out theatre'. Discuss the importance of setting and imagery in conveying Nowra's ideas in Cosi.

The burnt out theatre in Nowra's play 'Cosi' represents the life inside an asylum, a life that the characters know all too well. Life inside an asylum is portrayed as a dark, cold and isolated place, where the outside world is not often talked about and for others almost doesn't exist. Most of the characters cannot handle reality but for Nowra is is about exposing the hard times and the difficult lives of the patients. Lewis is fresh out of university and took on a job as a play director at the asylum, but is a bit unsettled when he first inspects the theatre that they will be
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Doug hates them because he likes to be naturally high all the time. Zac likes them because everything passes like he’s in a dream or limbo. I think I’m a naturally addictive personality. I like what they give you here, because not to be on drugs, whatever sort, is like being in limbo for me. Drugs make me feel sort of living. Completely opposite for Doug.’ (Pg36-37) Non of the patients would be in the institution if they could cope with the outside world.

The asylum introduces a new world to Lewis, one that is far from his own life,‘Asylums are the most inefficient places on this earth.’(pg 58) One that will challenge him to be more outspoken, more attentive and more of a leader. This is shown when Roy tries to do Lewis' job for him and complains about Lewis' directions. 'Couldn't direct a poofter.' (Pg10) Lewis gets emotionally attached to the patients and more or less throws his relationship and education out the window to help fulfill their dream, 'Cosi Fan Tutte'. ‘It’s not the fact that you’ve let me down, Jerry, it’s more the fact that you’ve let everyone down. [He looks at the theatre] This theatre could have been ringing with the music of the spheres, instead of that, a dreadful silence has descended upon us.’- Roy. Lewis helps them come out of their shells and see their true self worth.

Nowra's setting of the burnt out theatre has a big role in the lives of the patients, it shows the conditions that the patients lived in before Lewis discovered them
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