Traveler In The Dark Essay

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As one grows older, the problems he or she is confronted with cannot easily be hugged and kissed away as one could as a child. Religion can present such problems; problems that torment and that are not easily resolved, such as in the play “Traveler in the Dark” by Marsha Norman. “Traveler in the Dark” published in 1984, presents the audience with a man that seems to have an ethnocentric view of life, mainly focusing on the aspects of religion. Internal conflicts such as the one in “Traveler in the Dark,” are not uncommon plots in Norman’s plays. The 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “‘night, Mother,” has a Jesse, the leading lady, deal with internal conflicts that lead her to end her life in her bedroom, at her mother’s house. Norman’s play, “‘night, Mother,” was one of her most renowned productions that opened at the Royale Theater on Broadway September 14, 2004 and closed January 9, 2005 with sixty-five performances and twenty-six previews. The Pulitzer Prize play also received four Tony nominations one for best play, two for best actress in the play, and one for best director. “The Color Purple,” also one of Norman’s plays, has a dilemma with the self, learning accept love to help learn about one’s self. “Traveler in the Dark,” acquires the audience to keep an aesthetic distance in order to grasp a clear understand of both the one with the dilemma as well as the family members that are affected with the roller-coaster thoughts of the leading character.
“Traveler in the Dark” presents the contemporary audience with scenes of dilemmas that can portray relative events to any individual within the audience’s life. Different interpretations are assumed to be evident; it is Sam’s nature to have such obscurities of religion grant each other character to challenge his thoughts and enable him to formulate supporting details that will justify his reason for not believing in God or his father’s religion. Through the two act acts of the play, Norman uses diction to give insight of how characters came to be who he or she is today. Taking place in current time, during the summer, at an old preacher’s house, the yard is the most significant place to the character Sam; his mother’s garden is noticeably significant to Sam because of his behavior towards others when one tries to help him fix-up the garden. The garden serves as an escape for Sam’s contemplating thoughts, accepting the death of a close friend he puts up a front that even his son tries to break down with questions. Intellectual reasoning, everything lives than dies simple, unlike his father’s belief that once one serves his or her time here one heads to heaven to spend time with God. Unwilling to accept such thoughts, the audience may interpret his behavior between his father and himself as ignorance; simply a grown child who still would like to rebel against his father’s beliefs. In order to make the play grab the audience’s attention, one must consider the staging, lighting, sound and costume...

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