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John Pepper Clark Writing Styles in The Raft

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Setting

The Raft is set in times contemporary with when the play was written and takes place on the Niger River in Nigeria The play begins on the Niger Delta and ends somewhere past the port city of Burutu. All of the action is confined to the raft the four men are on that is to transport logs to Burutu The raft is traveling down the river to a fate unknown by its occupants. The action of the play is directly influenced by both the nature and the phenomenon of the Niger River.

Symbolism

Whether or not the idea of The Raft as a political allegory is accepted, the play is full of symbolism open to varying interpretations. For example, the river and the raft could both be seen as symbolizing life: what is coming in the future is unknown. Unexpected circumstances can come up without notice. Nearly every...

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