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How does Samuel present strong feelings in Evelyn and Helga’s relationship?
Kindertransport, a modern classic by Diane Samuels, cleverly illustrates the mechanisms of a mother/daughter relationship alongside themes of post-modernism, feminism and identity. Nine months before the outbreak of WWII, 10 000 unaccompanied Jewish children were sent to England as a precautionary measure due to the Kristallnacht. One of them was Eva, daughter of Helga, sent unwillingly because of her mother’s wishes to keep her alive. Presently, Evelyn is sending her daughter to college. Old memories resurface as Evelyn is forced to confront – her childhood as Eva.
Throughout this play, Samuels presents strong feelings in Helga and Evelyn’s relationship such as loss, betrayal and guilt.
Samuels presents strong feelings in Evelyn and Helga’s relationship through the idea of post-modernism, particularly in Act 1 Scene 2. She shows that Evelyn wants to believe Helga never existed and has locked away her past in the attic, long forgotten. When interrogated about her childhood, she bluntly replies: ‘I certainly have (forgotten).’ Through her straight forward reply Samuels shows that Evelyn believes everything that Helga once represented – her religion, beliefs and identity – were an image drawn by everyone and everything around her. Evelyn explicitly tells her daughter ‘I have never lied to you’ regarding her past. She is saying that she was never Jewish nor German. Evelyn could be implying that identity

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