Blackrock vs Damage Done Use of Conventions.

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Binge drinking, drug use, rape, murder and mateship. These five relatively serious social issues have been under weighed by our society. The issues that have been hidden in life are then revealed through texts. The play Blackrock and expository text Damage Done clearly reveals truths that reality has obscured. Binge drinking is a major issue which concerns teenagers. Blackrock is a play written by Nick Enright and shows how teenagers are allowed to purchase alcohol for a beach party that was unsupervised. This was seen as socially acceptable in Blackrock’s community, “Toby had a supermarket trolley full of stacked beer cans.” Teenagers should not have the power to purchase alcohol and provide tonnes of it at a party. This issue should not be socially acceptable, because if we accept teenagers buying lots of alcohol, the issue of binge drinking will just become a much bigger problem. The younger teenagers in Blackrock all respect Ricko. The young one’s see him as the ‘alpha male’. The younger teenagers look up to Ricko, therefore they mimic his actions to be socially accepted within the teenage group. Ricko is seen in the most scenes of the play as consuming alcohol whether it be at a party, “You get us some beers and sausages, Tiff , “ or when he is just kicking back to relax. “ you’re going to get us some beers and we’ll sit up on the rock,” says Ricko to Tiffany. Ricko is always seemed to be drinking therefore he influences the younger teenagers to drink alcohol. Enright cleverly constructs Ricko to represent the issue of binge drinking that has been influenced by peer pressure. Enright clearly demonstrates the issues in reality that has been obscured. Drug use was an issue that Enright has exposed in the play Blackrock. Though it was a minor issue in the text, it is a quite serious issue which could potentially be dangerous and fatal when overdosing. “Tonight, a session what do you reckon!” says Ricko to Jared. By the tone of Ricko’s voice, it foreshadows how...
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