Veronica drowned lovers foundbound to a crying bed

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Veronica: “Drowned lovers found...bound to a crying bed” – Cameron is showing the responses to grief through Veronica’s song. A bed is the place where loved couples are most intimate yet for Ray and Sylvie, the bed is the symbolic or literal place for their grief, crying themselves to sleep. Cameron symbolises the bed as a place of mourning in real life for people who have lost a person. Ray: “Should we draw the curtains, Veronica?” – Ray is aware of the ‘peeping toms’. He is unsure whether they will become intimate, which is on the back of his mind through the entire scene. Take not that this is Sylvie playing Veronica. Veronica: “My allure is founded entirely on dim lighting” – Cameron is showing the sexually ‘perverse’ character, who may look ‘innocent’ but is actually the kind of person that people think Sid Craven is. Cameron is exploring the concept of aesthetics which can determine if people will like you or not, e.g. Sid being ugly and perceived to be ‘dirty’, therefore dangerous. Veronica being beautiful yet is perceived to be harmless yet she could have put Ruby at a great risk of loss of innocence due to Veronica teaching her sexualised things like her singing. Ray: “What sort of parents could fall asleep” – Cameron is showing that people in real life blame themselves for things that they could have never predicted. Guilt trip. Veronica: “If you walk down the street in a little red dress you’re playing with fire” - The mindset of some people who have distorted views of the world. Cameron challenges the status quo or the stereotypes of sexually perverse people by making the sexually perverse character a woman, to represent all facets of the issue, not just through the stereotypically male paedophilic character which is alluded to through Sid Craven. Representing the mentality of rapists. Veronica: “You don’t have a patent on grief, Ray! You didn’t invent pain” – Cameron is showing the side of society which has the ‘deal with it’ mentality. Again it follows the notions of moving on. Scene 6 They skip the ‘Ray and Sylvie’ scene. Most likely a theatrical reasoning to speed up the play. Sonny Jim: “In a world shot to hell, one man wills stand alone to fight for freedom” – Cameron uses Jonny Jim as the exaggerated military nut whose sole purpose is to survive. Cameron makes sure he stays impartial by allowing the audience to see why Sonny Jim is a gun nut, to protect himself. In real life, Cameron is representing those who avidly protect their loved ones, from the point of annoyance like alarms to extreme cases such as owning guns. For Sonny Jim, it is either ‘kill or be killed’. Sonny Jim: “You know the problem with you civilians? No awareness. Numb. Can’t sense danger.” – Again Cameron is showing the spectrum of reasoning; people in reality understand the dangers that lurk around and try to be aware of them. Sonny Jim is the exaggerated version of this mentality, allowing the audience to either be critical, sympathetic or both towards him.
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Ruby, Cameron, Sylvie,  Ray, Anne. Harrison

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