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November 06, 2005

Samuels, "Kindertransport"

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."

Evelyn essentially kills her mother then. When she refuses to board the ship with her to America, and then virtually loses contact with her, she takes away the one thing Helga has left.

When Helga tells Evelyn what is happening, Evelyn cannot understand. In some ways I think that Evelyn is selfish, and in some ways Helga has lost perspective. Evelyn should realize the trauma her mother has gone through, and that she is the only thing left of their family. Helga should realize that Evelyn's life has been forever changed, and she has been raised by other people.

I didn't really like the play, because niether side tries to understand the other. They all just state their emotions instead of rationalizing with others' perspectives.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 6, 2005 11:02 PM


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