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Critique Of The Play Foxfire Essay

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Critique of The Play Foxfire
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The play I saw was called Foxfire. This play was about an old woman named Annie Nations who lived in Raybun County, Georgia. Her husband Hector had died five years earlier leaving her alone in their home in the mountains. However, she did not feel alone because she still saw Hector and spoke to him. Their son Dillard had long been trying to persuade her to come live with him in Florida. Prince Carpenter was a real estate agent who wanted to buy her hundreds of acres of land for 100 thousand dollars, but could not convince her to sell. She eventually must choose to either leave the home she had know for so many years to go live with her son and grandchildren or to stay there alone with Hector.
I believe that the genre of this play was a mix between tragedy and melodrama. Although there were not exactly and conflicts of good versus evil, the story proved to be somewhat serious. They were rewarded in the end it seemed because everyone got what they wanted: Prince Carpenter was eventually able to buy the land, Dillard got his mother to come live with him, and Annie was finally able to let go of her home and Hector. The reason I believe it is also a tragedy is because of the loss of Hector. It does seem to have a happy ending, however, the sadness in it is experienced as we are taken back into the times when Hector was still alive and they were both young and then we were shown his death and her life after.
I liked the play, however, I thought that the plot could have been a little stronger. Compared to the entertainment today, which display deep, intense stories that give the need to keep watching to see how it ends. They are not always fast paced or overly exciting but they get the viewers involved both mentally and emotionally. To be honest, while I enjoyed the play, I really did not care one way or the other whether Annie left her home to go to Florida or not. If I had not been blessed with a sufficient amount of sleep the night before, I may not of stayed awake to see the ending. I think that Annie would have been happier if she could have stayed in the mountains with Hector for the rest of her life, whether he was actually there or not. She is an old woman. Why start a new beginning and a life somewhere else when she is perfectly content where she is? Let her finish her life where she is happiest.
The setting with the log cabin and mountains were very believable. The pig's head and the black juice that squirted out looked very real. They definitely brought me into the world of the play. However, I was surprised when I discovered that this play took place in 1982. Hectors...

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