Zhao Paper - ways and the new in Zhao as opposed to Henry...

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Noah Snyder Theater 112 December 12, 2007 Character Analysis The main theme of the play “Natural Selection” by Eric Coble is adjustment and change as it pertains to the technology that we every day take for granted. I though the character Zhao Martinez went through a great deal of change and best exemplifies the theme of the play. When Henry initially meets Zhao he expected to find a Native American like those that could only be read about in the books or seen in Culture Fiesta. Henry did not expect to find a modernized man like Zhao out in the desert. After his capture Zhao begins to undergo changes in his personality because of his surroundings. He begins to touch base with his roots and participates in the ceremonial dances while still maintaining some of his individuality by talking to the members of the exhibits and venturing outside his own habitat. One can clearly see the melding of the old
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Unformatted text preview: ways and the new in Zhao as opposed to Henry whose entire life completely is dependent on the machines that he takes for granted. Zhao stops taking everything the elders say with a grain of salt and starts believing that. Especially in the last scene of the play Zhaos change is very present. He is no longer the man that Henry found out in the desert. He has taken on an almost spiritual quality to his character. He explains the crossing over into the fourth world almost like a possessed man. Only at the end of the play does Henry realize how wise Zhao really is. With the coming of the apocalypse Henry finally realizes what Zhao is really talking about. In conclusion Zhao best exemplifies the theme of change throughout Eric Cobles Natural Selection....
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