How does Nowra’s portrayal of the relationship between Lewis and his world move us to a deeper understanding of acceptance? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text.
Relationships between an individual and the world around them can be hard to establish. Acceptance is a hard concept to maintain and many individuals feel that they can’t get to the level needed. This is evident through analysis of the play ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ by Louis Nowra. The play depicts the life of Lewis, a director in a mental institution, and shows the strengths he must go to in order to be accepted.
When the group an individual is associated with doesn’t accept them, this may cause them to feel unwanted and unable to move forward in life. In the play ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ Louis Nowra is unable to fit in or show leadership within the mental institution. This is displayed through the characters vulgar language “Couldn’t direct a poofter to a man’s dunny.
” The use of inhibited directness in “poofter” shows the character of Doug doesn’t know how to act around ‘sane’ people and this directness of the word ‘poofter’ shows the groups’ truthful feelings toward Lewis. This is further emphasised by humour in “For killing an actor he’d get life, for killing a director he’d get eternal gratitude.” Roy’s criticism toward Lewis is evident throughout the entire play, and causes Lewis to feel degraded and put down. When an individual begins to come to terms with the cards they’ve been dealt, they may move forward in not only their career, but also their initial self.
The self-reflective aspects of an individual to find their true self compels them to come to terms with their strengths and weaknesses. Lewis’ self-discovery in ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ is brought on by his failing relationship with his girlfriend, Lucy. Lewis’ initial feelings about love were in reflection of Lucy’s views “Love is not so important nowadays.” These feelings are then discouraged as Lewis finds out who he really is, and where he belongs in this world.
“Without love the world wouldn’t really mean much.” These changed feelings about love reflect his changed views of the world around him. He learns his strength and finds out who he really is. Weaknesses are often only evident when an individual doesn’t know how to come to terms with their own strength. These strengths stem from deep within the individual, and once found, become part of their own self.
The willingness to embrace new insights and changes in perspectives best facilitates personal growth and consolidates one’s sense of identity. Nowra displays Lewis’s discovery cleverly through the play-within-a-play technique. This not only incorporates his views of life, but it also depicts the way he sees life, and in the end, evidently shows that “Women’s constancy is like the Arabian Pheonix” just as the play stated. The symbolism of the theatre being thrown into darkness represents his change. Lewis must fully immerse himself in the world of the mental institution to complete his journey of acceptance. The darkness represents his journey to a point far away from his usual boundaries.
In the darkness, he no longer sees the things he usually sees, or thinks the things he normally thinks. He experiences complete change in the darkness, and carries this change through when the lights come back. The [beat] at the end of the play also symbolises Lewis’ acceptance, as it’s symbolic of the moment of realisation that Lewis has completed his journey to find his true self. An acceptance of one’s personality is first needed to move to the next step of being accepted into larger surroundings. These surrounding could include people, with different levels of acceptance, or people of the same wavelength, sharing these realisations.
Acceptance is encouraged by society in every direction, but individuals must first accept themselves and believe in who they are in order for this to follow through. Analysis of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ has show this concept and allowed for the realisation in Lewis to be established and maintained.
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