Richard Rodgers And The Musical South Pacific Essay

985 Words Mar 24th, 2015 4 Pages
“When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be.” ~ Rossano Brazzi (as Emile De Becque) in South Pacific

It is interesting how human nature rarely fails to find an adversary. Even without fighting in a monumental war, we find a battle, and we only need to look inward to find it. Often times the battles fought within are amongst the greatest, most trying conflicts, as they are against the self. This battle is apparent in the musical South Pacific, where blurred battle lines of racism prove more troubling than the prospect of fighting for one’s country. The dynamic duo of Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) bring to mind countless nostalgic reminiscences for countless people, spanning several generations. I can recall excitedly watching and singing along to many Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. I had several favorites prior to writing this research paper, and South Pacific was not one of them. Prior to this course, I did not know much about South Pacific, nor had I seen the musical before. Through the journey of this paper, all of that was changing, and I am enlightened at the experience gained from the undertaking. South Pacific was originally adapted from the book Tales of the South Pacific, a book written by James A. Michener, and published in 1947. This book, although not exactly fiction, is the powerful literary work that led Michener to receive a Pulitzer Prize in 1948. Due to the significant racial tone and…

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