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Describe The Importance Of The Relationship Between Greville And His Children In The Play 'serious Money' As A Whole.

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The relationship between Greville and his children Jake and Scilla, in the play "Serious Money" by Caryl Churchill, is a strained one and it is very important to the dynamics of the play. Greville displays favouritism towards his son Jake and Scilla resents Greville for this. Their relationship highlights the theme of money being the most important objective in ones life, as each member of the Todd family is more interested in helping out in a deal than helping out a family member. It is also a prime example of the differences in the new and old generations of the stock exchange because of the 'big bang'.The relationship between Greville and his children is a rather distant one and hostility is particularly apparent between Greville and his daughter. Greville appears to favour his son Jake and for this Scilla is bitter. When Greville first finds out Jake has died he displays little emotion however the feelings he does show are ones of praise for Jake and later on, criticism towards Scilla. He says Jake "had so many talents. Musician. Politician". He seemed to be fond of Jake as he adds other comments about him: "I wish he was still a baby and giving daddy a kiss." It must be noted however that although these words are kind, they are few and there are no outbreaks of emotion that you would expect a father to show when he hears his son has died. Scilla confirms her notion of thinking her father prefers his son to his daughter by saying to him: "you never liked me, Daddy. Jake was always your favourite." Greville makes no real effort to correct her daughter by telling her that she is wrong and that he loves his children equally, he only says: "I don't like the louts you work with". This is ironic because Scilla and Jake work with the same, 'new' generation of traders and therefore Greville's attempt at reassuring his daughter is a hollow one. Greville finds it a joke that Scilla feels this way and he does not seem to have any emotions of his own, he says to Scilla: "poor Scilla, are you suffering from feelings of rejection?" this snide comment would be hurtful to Scilla but it is apparent she is used to such remarks as she replies with her own cutting comment: "... you're not getting my protection." Scilla is also not the faultless daughter as she deems herself. As critic 'Danelle Rowe' analyses: "Scilla's investigation into Jakes death becomes a heartless hunt for money". She calls her father a "cunt" and proves her want for money is stronger than her want for her father's love by saying: "if your holding out on me daddy you'll be sorry." This is not the conversation of a typical, caring family which proves that these people are not bothered with love and kindness in their family, they are one dimensional characters and therefore personal matters do not get involved in their work life, which is seemingly all of their life.Greville's relationship with his children is very important to the play because it helps to represent the theme of the...

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