TEACHING THE LANGUAGE OF DRAMA
Dorothy Ting Siao Wei 153071
Dr. Habsah Bt Hussin
Submission date: 19 Oct 2011
THE JEWELS OF THE SHRINE
1. One of the themes of this play is false relationship among family members. Quote the part(s) in the play where you can discern this theme. Throughout the play the theme false relationship among family members is seen. Firstly, it is seen in the character of Bassi. Bassi is not related to Okorie at all but is seen to be always around the house attending to Okorie. It is as if she is his wife when she is not at all. She is actually married elsewhere and have kids. This is seen in several parts where she appears.
“ Bassi: It is enough, Grandfather. Long talk make you tired. Come, your food is now ready.
Okorie: Woman, I cannot eat. When happiness fills your heart, you cannot eat.”
From here we see how Bassi would advice Okorie to stop talking and eat his meal. Her tone sounds like a wife who cares for a husband rather than a married woman of a neighbor.
“Bassi (holding him and leading him to sit on the bed): You are excited. You know that whenever you are excited, you begin to forget things.
Okorie: That is not my fault. It is old age. Well, but what was I saying?”
Here we even see Bassi sending Okorie to bed which could be hardly seen in olden times. Bassi is a married woman with her own husband which she should be putting to bed with rather than a senile old man. But she did and she did in gently like how a wife would. Perhaps there is a sincerity of the treatment she gave but there’s no legit relationship that they have. The other place in the play where false relationship among family members is seen is when Arob and Ojuma started treating Okorie nicely just because they heard something like a great inheritance that they will get if they treat him nicely and bury him with great honour. All of these can be seen in the following excerpts of the play.
“Ojima: At last, poor Grandfather is gone. I wonder if