The Island, by Athol Fugard Essay | Essay

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The Island, by Athol Fugard

Summary: Analyzes The Island, a play directed by Athol Fugard. Examines the theme of human triumph. Provides a plot summary for the play.
The Island is indeed an actor's play, for acting is its central metaphor and idea: acting as a means for the acting out of one's life, acting as a form of survival, and acting as a basis for (political) action.

In The Island, two black prisoners, John and Winston, are men whose political stands against the state have caused them to be incarcerated, sentenced without determinable end in Robben Island prison. They are dressed in shorts "to look like the boys their keepers would make them." But clearly the authorities wish them to be far, far less than boys, for the prisoners are treated with extreme brutality and are given the sorts of tasks meant to reduce them from men to beasts, to annihilate the last shreds of their humanity.

Their humanity, however, remains intact and it does so because the two men continue to act as humans...

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