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'this Farm Stays In The Family. It's A Question Of Blood.' Hannie's Rayson's Play Inheritance Shows That Even The Strongest Family Relationships Are Threatened By Questions Of Inheritance

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'This farm stays in the family. It's a question of blood.' This text shows that even the strongest family relationships are threatened by questions of InheritanceIn society, family relationships are strained and indeed, threatened by issues of inheritance. We see this reflected in Hannie Rayson's play Inheritance, which explores how uncertainty about who will inherit the land impacts upon even the strongest of relationships. Already strained from issues relating to financial hardship and ingrained prejudices, the relationship between the characters begin to sour and crumble as they jostle for ownership of the land and vociferously propel the claims of those they perceive are 'most deserving.' Through Inheritance, Hannie Rayson attempts to illustrate that even the strongest relationships are not left untainted by tension; however, this tension is enhanced and the relationships threatened when unresolved questions of inheritance emerge.One relationship that is threatened is that between Dibs and Girlie. Despite sharing a strong bond, questions of Allandale's future plague their relationship and render it fraught with a high degree of tension. As with many characters, tension is present between the pair prior to the revelation of Allandale's sale. An example of this tension is evident in act 1, scene 2, where Dibs disregards Girlie's claim 'I hope you're not using blood and bone…you'll burn the roots.' Dibs' dismissive response 'righto' and thus, her failure to take 'a jot of notice' reveals that some level of conflict exists between the pair. Even at this point in the play, Rayson attempts to show that Girlie feels proprietorial about the garden and is unwilling to relinquish her claim on the family property. Rayson draws further attention to this thinly disguised tension by having Girlie quickly change to topic of conversation to mask the atmosphere of ill feeling.This relationship becomes threatened when Girlie discovers that '[Dibs] is putting Allandale on the market.' It is clear from Girlie's remark 'over my dead body she is' that the pair has differing views on the future of Allandale; indeed, Girlie insists that 'it's a question of blood' while Dibs believes 'it's my decision.' Nowhere is their relationship more threatened than in act 1, scene 27, during which Girlie vociferously asserts that 'Allandale belongs to Lyle' and attacks Dibs for her lack of communication. Accusingly, she attempts instil a degree of guilt in her sister by reminding Dibs that 'you didn't bother to say anything to us. Your own family…Bugger you.' The tension builds as Girlie exposes the unspoken reality that Dibs was 'the princess;' the favoured one; and she, simply the other 'girl in blue.' She counters Dibs dismissive approach by courageously affirming 'our mother did what you told her to…She thought [Farley] was Christmas, so she signed over everything.' By referencing these prickly issues in her dialogue with Dibs, Girlie successfully...

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