Analysis Of Betty Keller 's ' Tea Party ' Essay

1065 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
The use of symbolism in Betty Keller’s play Tea Party is prominently focused on how isolated the characters Hester and Alma feel. The two elderly women in their late seventies do everything they can possibly think of to prepare themselves and their home for the boy who delivers their paper. The poor lonely women decide where it will be best for them and the boy to sit and discuss what topics they wish to converse with the boy. Meanwhile, they are also preparing a tea trolley with snacks and drinks to entice the boy to stay longer. Furthermore, the sisters even plot to have the boy return to bring them change for their payment. Everything they are doing to prepare for the boys’ visit revolves around how isolated the two women are, and how much they yearn for the company of another person. One of the first uses of symbolism in the play is when the sisters are preparing for the boy to come into their home. At the opening, the sisters are discussing where each of them and the boy will sit while he is there. The two elderly women debate the best seat for the boy while facing the challenge of each wanting the boy to be near her but also keeping him farther from the door. When Alma decides where she will sit, Hester replies “But now he’s too far away from me, Alma.” (6). This exchange shows how each of them wants to soak up as much attention as they can possibly get from the boy. The ladies place a great deal of importance on how close they each are to the boy.…

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