August 31, 2005

"Traction"

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
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Lamb Lamb Lamb....

I think the swearing in this play makes these people seem less educated - this is coupled with their working environment, the tools they are handling, the grease that's probably floating about the garage.

Makes one wonder if it is a Mack truck garage? Haha....diesel mechanics get dirty.

Otherwise, I don't think swearing makes someone seem less educated. However, I tend to think that someone who constantly swears has a limited vocabulary.

How are you going to deal with swearing students?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 6, 2005 12:04 AM

That's a fantastic question and one that I ponder frequently. Without being a hypocrite, there is a time and place for abrasive language. For instance, I know foul language is a no-no in my home. However, I can loosen up around friends. In the classroom, there is no room for swearing; a slip-up or two is inevitable, but continuous swearing will not be tolerated. As to how I will deal with a studnet who has a "language difficulty," any suggestions?

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 7, 2005 12:04 AM
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