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Deana Croog Journal Entry #12 Rachel Mordecai English 200 The film viewing this week of True West enlightened my perception of Sam Shepard’s play, and helped me to discover what themes and concepts Shepard tried to achieve in writing True West. Viewing True West proved to be a completely different experience from reading the play, because in viewing, the setting, sounds, and smells are no longer stage directions, but are carried out on film in a way that the viewer hears and feels the coyote howls, the crunching toast, and the disaster that is the kitchen. In class, we discussed the possibility of Austin and Lee being the same person. There are numerous points in the play (that I did not notice until viewing the film) that point to Shepard’s motives in creating Austin’s internal struggle to understand what he finds is the “real” him, and fleshing out how to distinguish what is real and what is fictitious or unoriginal in terms of the creation of art. Until I viewed the film, I did not think about the symbolism regarding the toasters
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Unformatted text preview: and toast. Toast is an object that is transformed from soft and white bread into burned, crusted bread. Austin puts a great deal of importance on stealing toasters, and on giving Lee bread to settle him down. Thus, the toast may be symbolic not only of Austin as a transformative character (since toast transforms), but also as a character who is heated up quickly, and ends up “charred” or in a generally negative place at the end of the play. In addition, the car keys are a symbol in the play. Numerous altercations arise over them, yet no one ends up keeping the keys. The keys may represent the journey that both Austin and Lee (though Austin and Lee are arguably the same person) try to go on, yet the fact that neither of them leave represents Shepard’s effort to say that “Austin-Lee” did not in fact grow, did not achieve success, and unfortunately, could not distinguish the true from the false....
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