Six Plays Themes

Florence Henrietta Darwin
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Social Justice

Each of the plays, in various ways, explores questions related to a lack of social justice in the actions (often ill-considered, often selfish) of the characters. Children's Hour is, in many ways, a cry for justice on behalf of those whose lives have been destroyed by rumor, and of course of those whose gender attraction lies outside what is generally perceived as "normal" and/or "natural". Days to Come is also a call for insight into and compassion for not only the most obvious victims (the strikers) of the injustice it portrays, but also those who may have perpetrated that injustice (i.e., Whalen, Andrew) unwittingly. Finally, Watch on the Rhine is a portrayal of the selflessness, courage, and fearless honesty and/or integrity that, the author seems to suggest, must live at the heart of the fight against social injustice

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