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September 02, 2005

Ramsey, "Traction"

This play has many parallels to different stories and religions. Most interesting is its relation to the story of Saul in the bible. Elmore begins the story talking about how he's in line to be promoted to a position of upper management, and also expresses his obvious preparedness to kill anyone who messes up in front of OSHA, saying, "...anybody who fucks up in front of OSHA tomorrow is gonna get fuckin' killed." It's as if his work crew is the enemy, or the Jews. After all, both Elmore and Brandon fought in some conflict, presumably the gulf war. Suddenly he is forced into seeing what's "in[side] the wheel," and undergoes a transformation, much like Saul becoming Paul. Elmore even sees a vision of a tire iron, or crucifix, and it is this image that changes his character. Elmore now has an infinitude of possible directions he could take, and decides to honor a "promise to keep" from the past
The play has many Christian overtones and the Saul interpretation is one of a possible hundred. For instance, one could discuss the scriptural identity of the Saturn dealership. Had Elmore been more specific as to what his "wheel vision" symbolized, it would be more obvious what the message of the play actually is.
After investigating the link that Katie Lambert posted and it refers to something called the "canon wheel," which is similar in meaning to the Christian halo. The site explains:

"The Bible Wheel is a simple and direct geometric representation of the Holy Bible. It reveals the supernatural structure of the Christian Canon by displaying the intrinsic geometric integration of the sixty-six books amongst themselves and with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

"The Wheel is composed of twenty-two Spokes and three concentric wheels within the Wheel called Cycles. The sixty-six books of the Bible fit perfectly on this structure. Each Cycle spans a consecutive set of twenty-two books." (1)

Maybe the purpose of the play is to show the kind of impact living or witnessing someone living up to the principles of the Bible wheel can have on an individual.

1.) McGough, Richard Amiel. "View the Bible Wheel." Divine Seal and Capstone of God's Word. 2003. 8/31/05. .

Posted by DavidDenninger at September 2, 2005 02:02 PM


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