The Lost Colony- Change

The Lost Colony- Change - The Lost Colony: a play by Paul...

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The Lost Colony : a play by Paul Green Change is a common theme that is seen throughout literature. We often see how a character changes due to the events that take place in their lives. But is this true in The Lost Colony ? Do the characters in this play by Paul Green undergo a change through the experience of trying to establish the Roanoke Island colony? Did the dramatic change in lifestyle have an effect on who they were? I believe so. The readers can observe the changes in several of the key characters in The Lost Colony . Old Tom is an excellent example of the effects of the establishment of the Roanoke Island Colony on the people. When we first meet Old Tom, he was being chased out of a tavern by the landlord. Paul Green illustrates him as the scum of society. He has no redeeming qualities. He offers no contribution to society. He was called a “thieving scoundrel” and a “fool.” He called himself a “poor man.” He was wearing “rotting shoes with ragged breeches and a tattered doublet.” His hair was “ill-kempt,” and his face was “marked with the ravages of exposure, penury, and drink.” A soldier describes his scent like a “fishmonger or a dealer in old cats.” (Green, pg. 38-41)When Sir Raleigh sees Tom, he says that he’s changed much since the last time Raleigh saw him. Out of pity Raleigh gives Tom a small piece of money, specifically for
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