The playwright ‘Cosi’ has several backdrops throughout the book. The main once is obviously the theatre but the more in depth backgrounds is the movement of the people in the real world. The Vietnam Moratorium, which was fighting for the government to return all the troops from the Vietnam War and the Sexual Revolution, which was a social movement that fought against the traditional codes towards to sexual relationships.
The Vietnam Moratorium
The moratorium was a mass demonstration against involvement in the Vietnam War. The demonstration took place throughout the US on October 15th, 1969 Jerome Grossman’s call for a general strike, if the war was still going by October, is what sparked the moratorium movement.
It was announced in December of 1969, that not only would American troops would be brought home, but one Australian troop would also be brought home towards the middle of 1970. This of course did not stop the moratorium movement. Australian demonstrators continued to make plans for more rallies and continued to demand the removal of all the troops.
The strength of the moratorium movement greatly shocked the Australian government. They were shocked at the level of anti-war and even anti-government feeling that was spreading throughout the country.
The third moratorium in June 1971 closed the Centre. In Melbourne, on 30 June 1971, there was march of nearly 100,000 people. By this time public opinion was beginning to turn decisively against conscription and Australian involvement in the war.
The 1970’s were also known as a time of ‘Sexual Liberation’. They fought for the acceptance of sex outside of heterosexual and marriages. Their aim was to make contraception, public nudity, premarital sex and homosexuality all normal. This also included the legalization of abortion. A new, sexualized popular culture swung into Australian life in the 1970’s, and it seemed everyone wanted to be apart of it. Watching a porn film at...
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