ELMORE: Shit. Won't be long before you curse my name.
BRANDON: Never. You believe in me. (Ramsey, “Traction”)
I found these two lines very ironic and foreshadowing for the rest of the play. The play has a religious theme to it, although the specific religion is never specified. Brandon seems to be the “Jesus” figure, complete with followers, when his statement about belief allows the audience a hint of Elmore’s future. After finishing the play, we know that Elmore does look into the wheel and, although he may not be completely convinced of Brandon’s power, he has faith enough to follow his fate seen in the wheel.
If the audience/reader sees religious connotation in this work, then these lines can also be found ironic. Jesus foretold that his disciples would betray him, which they did, but Jesus forgave them. Elmore’s comment about Brandon cursing his name is almost funny, if one considers Brandon to be Jesus; I suspect Jesus/Brandon would want to get angry about the lack of faith, but he remains calm and confident in Elmore’s forthcoming belief.
Posted by KatherineLambert at August 31, 2005 04:18 PM