Yet another vulgar play by a British writer in the 1900's. I don't really understand why this is the recurring theme?
I do believe, though, behind all the vulgar in this play there is that since of hope. I was hoping that eventually Cate would get away from Ian's abuse and leave the hotel. I also had hope that Ian would change his vulgar ways so Cate and Ian could be together because in different scenes you do get a since that they once or still do love each other.
Even in a moment of unfathomable violence, like the war going on outside in scene four and five, people can give each other the gift of survival.
It was mentioned in the story that the hotel was so expensive it could be anywhere in the world. And then the hotel in the fourth scene ended up in the middle of a war zone. I feel like Sarah was trying to express that no matter how much money you have, your life could still resemble a broken and beaten theme like a war zone.
Ian could have all the money in the world but it doesn't mean his life is great and it doesn't mean he is capable of happiness and love.
The war I believe brings Cate and Ian together. It makes Ian relieve all the messed up things he had done to Cate and I believe how close he was to death made him appreciate Cate.
The writer, Sarah Kane, gives Ian what he had coming to him. He is subjected to rape by the soldier and then he gets his eye balls sucked out.
At the end of the play the characters scrape a life out of the ruins. Ian turns to being vulgar and eats the dead baby in the room to survive. Cate has sex for food, we know that through out the story she isn't completely innocent, and knows how to be resourceful to live.
In the end Ian dies and then is brought back to life, not really sure what that was about? Cate coming back with food and even sharing it with Ian after all the horrible things he did to her, shows that she does truly love him and that she has a very kind heart
Cate provides the feminist role in order to show, first the mechanisms of the stereotypical gender relations in a patriarchy as they inhabit Ian, and second, the way sexual violence and war mirror these same gender dynamics by exposing or posting the weakness of the victims in order to negate weakness and flexibility in the victimizer.
Overall I enjoyed this play by Sarah Kane it was a very in-yer-face play!
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