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November 5, 2005


Samuels, Kindertransport -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Wow...that's pretty much all I can say about this play. I read it through two times so that I could get more out of it, but as I was reading, there was just so many things that were running through my head. There were so many thoughts and feelings and there's definately too many to talk about here. Basically though, there were two lines that really made the whole play for me. The first:

HELGA: We all die one day, but jewels never fade or perish. Through our children we live. That's how we cheat death. Otherwise we're really finished.

HOW POWERFUL! I absolutely love that line, and I don't even have children. But it immediately touched me. Mainly because I know that my mother is planning to give me her jewelery and has already given me some pieces, and when I read that, I thought about her jewelery in a way that I never had before. I thought about myself in regards to her, in a way that I never have before.

I know that we have no way of knowing what Evelyn must have gone through and must still be struggling with internally. We can not put ourselves in her position and say what it is we would do if that were us. But we also could not know what her parents went through and how hard it must have been to give Eva up for her own safety. We will never understand that unless we would be faced with the same decision when we have children. But these lines brought out so much emotion:

EVELYN: I wish you had died.
HELGA: I wish you had lived.

I don't even know what to say about these lines. I think that they say so much without any further explanation. But, wow.

Sorry this entry is so long guys, I just had SO much to say. This doesn't even begin to cover it.

Posted by CheraPupi at November 5, 2005 11:32 PM


Thanks for your comments guys. I love hearing it when people feel the same way that i do!

Posted by: Chera Pupi at November 7, 2005 6:14 PM

I can't really relate this story to my life like Danielle can, however, as you've all said, something about this play touched me too. What I see is that none of us can really empathize with Helga because none of us have children. However, being children we can see what it's like from Evelyn's point of view and really attatch our emotions to hers in the play.

Those lines that you pointed out Chera:
EVELYN: I wish you had died.
HELGA: I wish you had lived.
I think that these two lines are so integral for the audience to comprehend Evelyn's emotions. Naturally, we all side with Helga and wonder who would say that to their own mother. However, it really puts the whole situation into perspective. They were very emotional lines and I totally agree with you Chera, this play is very powerful.

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at November 6, 2005 10:04 PM

I also liked that line Chera. It made me think of my mother as well. This play has so much depth into it and in a way reminded me of my mother. Her mother basically didn't raise her, her grandmother did. So I read this I was thinking of me as Faith and Evelyn as my mother (coincidentally my mothers mothers name is Evelyn). There are things about my mothers past that I have found out but not told her that I know about. Some things are just meant to not be said. But in THIS case this is SUCH a huge deal. This play really moved me. And yes I do agree that there is so much in this play that there isn't enought time to talk about it in one class period or one blog entry.

Posted by: Danielle Meeyr at November 6, 2005 4:51 PM

Chera i also thought this was very powerful. I never had a mother in my life so i couldnt really relate to it in the mother daughter aspect but i know how much my dad means to me and that if this ever happened that it would have killed my dad as well. I think this was a great play and cant wait to actually watch it.

Posted by: Denamarie at November 6, 2005 10:10 AM

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