11 October 2012
Paul Zindel ‘s Purpose
Tupac Shakur had described this ability to overcome adversity in his poem, “The Rose That Grew From Concrete”. Paul Zindel tells this type of scenario in his play The Effect of Gamma Rays On the Man in the Moon Marigolds. There are three characters in his play, Beatrice, the mother, Ruth, a daughter, and Tillie(Matilda), the other daughter. Beatrice raises Ruth and Tillie in verbally abusive environment. Ruth’s character is rough much like her mother. Tillie is smart, and doesn’t fit in at school or at home. Paul Zindel shows how in seemingly impossible circumstances some people can defy the odds and achieve success and prosperity.
Beatrice, single mother of two, shoves her past of misfortune back down her small family’s throats, causing many lasting effects. Beatrice makes it obvious how she hates her life when she yells/explains at Tillie; “…Do you know what I’d be if it wasn’t for this mud pool I sucked into? I’d probably be a dancer. Miss Betty Frank, The Best Dancer of the class of 19 . . . something. One Minute I’m the best dancer in school-smart as a whip- the head of the whole crowd! And the next minute…
One mistake. that’s how it starts. Marry the wrong man and before you know it is he’s got you tied down stones around your neck for the rest of your life. When I was in that lousy high school I was well must respect the kids you ever saw. Are you still wonder why people always said “why, just yesterday. . . Why, just yesterday. . .why, just yesterday. . .
Before I knew what happened I lost my dancing legs and got varicose legs. Beautiful varicose legs. Do you know, everything I ever thought exploded (Pgs. 34-35).” Here Beatrice explains how stressed she is about her life and where she ended up. She expresses her frustration by being hostile in how she speaks to her kids and has resorted to drink as well. This type of household could be...
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