Tender Mercies Essay

1111 Words Oct 21st, 1999 5 Pages
“Tender Mercies,” written by Horton Foote, is a screenplay, which presents to the reader ordinary people, who are trying to live decently in an unpredictable and violent world. The reader comes to be aware of many dramatic scenes where the central characters have come to experience many complex but yet fascinating situations in their lives. Reading this screenplay the reader will come to acknowledge one of the centralized themes in “Tender Mercies,” which is the theme of redemption. For those who are unaware of the word, redemption as it applies to the screenplay “Tender Mercies” is the literary word meaning to be saved or saving someone from an experience or a situation. The reader can observe this …show more content…
Rosa Lee gave him a job, a place to stay, and most importantly a family. Out of everyone Mac knew, Rosa Lee was the only one who gave him a chance to start over, a chance to rebuild. With Rosa Lee’s and her son Sunny’s help, Mac was able to emerge, as a sober, clean man with the willingness to achieve responsibility. It was as if a caterpillar had died and had emerged as a butterfly. With their help, Mac had the ability to recognize life by becoming sober and starting all over. He, thus, learns that Rosa Lee, his new wife, and Sunny, his stepson, are way too important to him to ever start drinking again. Being acquainted with such a situation and how Mac was given another chance to start over his life, the reader, thus, has come to see an of redemption. As Mac’s redemption is acknowledged, the reader comes to see another act of redemption. Before Mac’s arrival to the gas station, Rosa Lee and Sunny were all alone. Rosa Lee lacked a husband because Sunny’s father had died many years ago. Thus, both Rosa Lee and Sunny were left isolated in a town where they knew no one else but themselves. Upon Macs arrival and willingness to change and to commit him to responsibilities, Rosa Lee and Sunny were redeemed as well. Having been isolated in the middle of no where, Rosa Lee and Sunny needed Mac as much as Mac needed them. Having no man in her life, Rosa Lee had willingly accepted Mac’s hand in marriage. Doing

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