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Theme Expressed In Tape By Jose Rivera

1167 words - 5 pages

“Tape” is a short ten minute play by Jose Rivera. It’s a play that only has two characters, a Person and an Attendant. It takes place in a small dark room with no windows and only one door. Inside the room are a chair and a table with a reel-to-reel tape recorder and a glass and pitcher of water. This play is about a Person who is brought to the small room by the Attendant to listen to every lie the Person has told in life. Every single lie was recorded and now it’s time that the Person gets to listen to all of them. All ten thousand boxes full of recorded lies. Even though lying will cause trustworthy issues, lying is always wrong and will never get you far in life because it hurts others ...view middle of the document...

The Attendant knew the story because it was part of training, the training to record everything that ever happened to the Person.
The next part of the play starts with the Attendant asking the Person if he was familiar with the reel-to-reel tape recorder in which the Person wasn’t. The Person was now going to start to be explained the next process which was listening to all of his lies that were recorded for this moment. This is when the theme “Lying” starts to be expressed in the play.
The Attendant then explains to the Person how to use the reel-to-reel recorder. He shows them all the functions that the recorder can do. It had the on button, off button, play, pause and rewind. The person then questions the rewind button. The Attendant then explains that there are sometimes when the quality of the audio is poor and hard to listen. It allows the Person to rewind until the audio is understandable. The Person then asks “No fast forward?” (544). The Attendant answers back by saying no. No fast forward. The Person had to go through all of the tapes full of lies thoroughly. Lying will never get you far in life. No one will believe you anymore. The Person was a great liar because of the amount of tapes there were. He might have become a liar to maybe try to not hurt others in life but look at him now, he is hurting himself.
The Person had obviously told many lies because of the amount of boxes full of tapes there were for him to go through. The Attendant explain to the Person that it was time and that now it was his turn to listen and go through all the tapes that the Attendant and his co-workers had recorded. All of the lies where all in the Persons own words, therefore nothing were made up. The play doesn’t explain why the lies where made but lies in general will definitely cause trustworthy issues with others. Telling lies to others and then being discover a liar will cause others to have trouble believing you when you are actually telling the truth. Lying is never good.
The Person now is feeling very bad. He doesn’t want to listen to all those...

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