Mental Disorder and Lewis

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Nowra, in Cosi has written about a transformation, he illustrates a time when ordinary people did not understand mentally-ill patients well. Throughout this drama, Lewis' (the protagonist) concepts and perceptions of love, politics and mental illness experience a change in direction. These changes are the results of his interaction and in time, understanding of the mentally-ill patients around him. These characters, patients, help reveal the true character of Lewis. Nowra writes of a transformation where concepts and views on love and fidelity change in direction through various catalysts. At the beginning, Lewis is unsure of what his opinion on love is, he claims that “love is not so important nowadays”. Lewis claimed that “love was a hard concept to define”, he had not yet developed his own views but had been manipulated by his friends, Nick and Lucy, who both believe that love is not important. Throughout the play, Lewis interacts with the patients who each hold contrasting views towards love. Through their interactions and conversations, it can be seen that Lewis believes in fidelity, not unlike Cherry, but in contrast to Julie who believes love to be another form of drugs. Also through these interactions, Lewis' strong opinion that true love and fidelity should exist in relationships form. It can be seen when he said that the play is “about important things - like love and fidelity”. Even after Lewis was betrayed by his girlfriend; Lucy, he was persistent in his belief that women should be faithful to men and that true love does exist.

Cosi explores a situation where concepts and perceptions on politics are changed and shaped due to various factors. At first, Lewis is shown to the audience as an unsure and weak character with a low level of self-confidence; as the director, he did not put himself in control but instead straightaway handballs the power to Roy when manipulated by him. Close to the beginning of the drama, Lewis had no opinion on politics; he...
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