Away Michael Gow Analysis

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Reality…; unreality… : two concepts explored by Michael Gow in the play “Away”. Significant to the play and audience alike, as the concept of true reality is a perception within the individual. Act Two Scene Three and Act Five Scene One, are both significant scene’s as the relationship between the characters, Coral and Roy, is developed. Gow effectively makes use of stylistic and language techniques such as stage direction, music, allegory, metaphor, symbolism to bring the characters and story alive for the audience.

Act Two Scene Three holds great significance in building the tension between Coral and Roy, it explores Reality verses Unreality as a driving force for tension. The resolution of this conflict occurs in Act Five Scene One, where both Coral and Roy
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In A,5:S,1 Coral and Roy are shown to enter stage separately, symbolising their disconnection. Stage direction dictates that Roy “look’s forlorn, alone” indicating just how lost he is without Coral. The scene is sounded by the song of Mendelssohn’s “Nocturne” alluding back to Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the theme of Love and Reconnection, lining up with the scene’s feeling of reconciliation. Each character having overcome their own unreality. Coral hands Roy a symbolic hat filled with shells which when running through her fingers is a metaphor for her letting go of Roy’s misdeeds and her grief for her son. Roy accepts and kisses the shells and Coral’s hands representing that he forgives Coral for leaving. Each of the characters mutually rediscover their love for one another and acknowledge, by their actions, that both had brought about the fractures of their relationship. This scene contains a sense of great tenderness and the silentness between the characters is in stark contrast to the first scene’s conflict and dialogue, letting the audience reflect on the play and its

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