David Ives' Sure Thing

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On the surface David Ives’ “Sure Thing” is a play about two strangers who meet, fall in love and live happily ever after. When analyzed in more depth, the play is actually about the struggle that exists between one’s desire to be an individual and the need to conform, to a certain degree, in order to be part of a couple. The play exposes and discusses the tension that exists between the value of being an individual and value associated with being in love. Love holds the promise that you will always having someone there for you and that you will always have someone to share everything with. However, to realize this love one has to make sacrifices in the process and potentially change who they are. At the beginning of the play Betty and…show more content…
The smells of the earth...” (644, 62-64). Bill’s passion for Faulkner’s writing turns Betty off, thus the bell is wrung instructing Bill to tone down his passion and suggesting that Betty should attempt to share in it. This example demonstrates that there are multiple levels to individuality. It is not only about having different likes and dislikes it is also about how invested a person is in a certain topic. This suggests that it is okay to have interest in a topic but that it is not okay to be become overly invested. Being overly invested, once again, takes away from time possibly spent of the relationship and the focus on love. Throughout the play, Betty and Bill slowly begin to lose their individuality and begin to conform to the demands of being a couple. The bell is used as a prop or symbol for conformity. Every time the bell sounds Betty and/or Bill modifies their behaviour to comply with or acknowledge the wishes of their partner. This aspect of conformity corresponds with the idea that the stage is a metaphor for life. Betty and Bill are acting for each other trying to fool the other into thinking they are someone that they are not; just as they are acting on the stage for the audience. Not only do they have to conform to each others preferences, they also have to conform to society’s views. Ives makes this point while introducing the question of how much baggage a person should bring into a relationship as the bell
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