The State of Being ‘Human’ in Kane's Blasted

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“I’ve only ever written to escape from hell-and it’s never worked-but at the other end of it when you sit there and watch something and think that’s the most perfect expression of the hell that I felt then maybe it was worth it. (Sarah Kane, Royal Holloway College, London, 3 November 1998).” (Saunders. 2002: 1). Both representative and reflected in this statement made by the British playwright Sarah Kane (1971-1999) (Sierz. 2001: 90-91) is the state of being human. In its literal sense the state of being human could be illustrated as an expression of existence. That of the individual and characteristics and traits experienced through the life of mortal man. (Oxford English Dictionary. 2006: 61 & 366). In addition to this, the…show more content…
As stated by Sierz; ‘Kane rejects the complacent view that Britain is immune from civil war.’ (Sierz. 2001: 98). She comments further that; “there was a widespread attitude in this country that what was happening in central Europe could never happen here. In Blasted, it happened here.” (Sierz. 2001: 98). Blasted thus serves as a political vehicle of expression towards humanity dispelling the norms of social convention to deliver a message about the atrocities of violence and war, by being in itself a violent and ‘in-yer-face’ dramatic act. (Sierz. 2001: 3-10). The play revolves around three main character’s Ian, Cate and the Soldier in a hotel room in Leeds. To summarise; “Ian and Cate meet in a hotel room some years after their relationship has ended. Ian makes various attempts to cajole then, it is implied to force Cate to have sex with him. A bomb goes off and destroys part of the room. Ian becomes the victim as a Soldier re-enacts war crimes perpetrated on his girlfriend, who was subsequently killed. The Soldier shoots himself. Blinded, hungry and alone, Ian makes…attempt to find relief. Cate has left the hotel in search for food and as the play ends, returns with provisions…she shares with a finally grateful

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