In the opening scenes of the play, audiences encounter a naive and inexperienced Lewis who is easily influenced by the views of his university friends. We first meet Lewis and friends in a ‘pitch black’ theatre in which the darkness symbolises their narrow minded outlooks. This foreshadows that Lewis compliantly conforms to the rigid but shallow expectations and philosophies of others. Indeed, he mouths various left wing student political slogans in these early scenes. His preconceived trendy left ideas about doing a Brecht play about how ‘a man sacrifices himself for the good of his mates’ are quickly dismissed by Roy, who bullies Lewis into directing Cosi Fan Tutte and ignores his couations about the appropriateness of the light oopera in the time of theVietnam War and a world where love is no longer ‘important’. In the initial rehearsals, Lewis’ uncertainty and inexperience cause tension ‘.........they are waiting for some leadership from Lewis who................doesn’t know where to begin.’ Later the play proves to be a pivotal turning point for Lewis as Roy continues to heckle him to show direction and leadership. In these opening scenes, we witness Lewis’ discomfort and awkwardness with the patients. He is confronted by Doug’s blunt personal questions and Cherry’s amorous advances; he doesn’t know how to deal with Roy’s dominance. His understanding of others and interpersonal abilities are limited. At this point in the play, Lewis appears one dimensional and the situation is set for his transformation into a more rounded individual.
1. The topic sentence is the first sentence of the paragraph. It indicates the focus of the paragraph. What are the four words that indicate that the student is talking about Lewis at the beginning of the play? Naive, inexperienced and easily influenced.
2. Is ‘pitch black’a quote?
Yes, because it’s being used as evidence from the text.
3. What is ‘indirect’ evidence in this...
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