1. The main characters in Nottage’s play are two women by the names of Florence and Laureen. The two seem to be good friends from the past making promises to each other, know of each other’s family problems, and to vent to one another when conflict arises. Laureen’s main conflict at the beginning of the play is her abusive husband. The two begin to fight and POOF! He’s gone only leaving a pile of ashes. Now that her Laureen’s husband is gone there is another problem: the people that cared about him are going to ask questions. Laureen’s whole mentality along with the play all change. One line that pretty much made it clear to me was when Laureen had said “Uh!…I could blow on him and he’d disappear across the linoleum. (Snaps her fingers.) Just like that. Should I be feeling remorse or regret or some other “r” word? I’m strangely jubilant.” When we dissect the sentence you can clearly see that she is no longer worried but instead relieved because she is no longer dealing with her abuser and husband. The text even tells you the she feels “jubilant”. The quote I inserted should act as a solid border for the reader to separate the worried old Laureen to the new refreshed Laureen. The significance of how her husband died is similar in an ironic in a way. Samuel (the dead husband) begins to count down from ten stating that he doesn’t want to see Laureen and then out of nowhere he vanishes and only she is left. He starts out as the abuser and then he himself is the victim maybe illustrating a picture of a women’s strength in a domestic dispute. Maybe even to show that there is a way out and that you can almost poof yourself from the situation. I will never know the true meaning as I did not direct the play, but if I did: I picture a strong woman working hard in the dim trailer picking up after her fat husband, whose lying on his lazy boy wearing a Canadian tuxedo and drinking a pbr just to open the play up.
2. The scene I thought was interesting was when...
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