Cosi Character Analysis

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Cosi
Character analysis
Lewis
-Protagonist of the play
-21 years old
-Lives in Northcote, a very poor area, near an abattoir
-Has left university and is searching for work. “I need money” pg.1 -Lives with his girlfriend Lucy and friend Nick
-At first, he shares the same values as his friends Nick and Lucy, that love is unimportant due to the ongoing Vietnam War. -He finds work at a mental asylum
-He begins work with lack of confidence and scared of the patients, but his confidence grows throughout the play -By the end of the play he learns to appreciate love and friendship over war and politics. Lucy

-Lewis’ girlfriend
-Has an affair with Nick
-20-23 years old
-Doing a MA thesis
-Passionate protestor of the Vietnam war
-Not supportive of Lewis directing the patients
-She supports free love and believes that sleeping with Nick is not a big problem. Nick
-21-24 years old
-Doing a thesis and directs student productions
-Nicks friend and having sex with Lucy
-Very politically active
-Very selfish always wants something in return
-Heavily involved in the moratorium, a protest against the Vietnam War. Cherry
-25-35 years old
-Has been in institutions for some time
-Has a violent relationship with Doug
-She has aggressively romantic feelings towards Lewis
-Has a flick knife which represents her cold sharp nature
-She is cut off from the world, doesn’t know about the Vietnam War -Jealous of Lewis and Julie
Doug
-Pyromaniac, likes fires
-20-30 years old
-Has not been in institutions for very long
-He likes to ask personal questions
-Sexually frank
-Impulsive
-Can’t be contained
-Continuous escapes
-Seeks extreme sensations
Roy
-40-50 years old
-A mental patient who has spent much of his life in institutions -Suffering from manic depression
-Has a passion for theatre and is the one who decides to play Cosi -He grew up moving from orphanages and foster families...
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