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The Name Controversy in The Shipbuilder There are many instances in Ken Mitchells play The Shipbuilder where the main character Jaanus Karkulainen insists on being called by his Finnish name Karkulainen In the play many characters call him Johnny Crook This situation creates controversy about names and shows how important names are to some people Jaanus and Jukka create most of this controversy Jaanus and Jukka are brothers who are born in Finland Jukka moves out of Finland and he becomes a Canadian in name in body and in soul Jaanus relocates to Canada several years later but hes different When Jaanus moves to Canada he doesnt become a Canadian He is a Finn living in Canada His body is in Canada but his name and his soul still belong to Finland When Jaanus first enters the play he insists that his name is Karkulainen This immediately shows that although he lives in Canada he will still go by his Finnish given name The differences between Jaanus and Jukka are shown when Jaanus and Jukka first reunite in Canada Jukka Karkulainen now goes by the name of Yuki Crook and thinks nothing of it His name means very little to him Jukka then tells Jaanus that there are no Fins living in Canada even though Jukka himself is Finnish Jukka is now a Canadian His heritage meant nothing to him Jaanus would never let that happen to himself He was born Finnish he would die Finnish One scene that really shows Jaanus idea of the importance of names to your heritage is when Jaanus goes to court The Judge asks him how he will plead to all of his charges and calls him Johhny Crook not Jaanus Karkulainen To plied his case all that Jaanus replies is I am Jaanus Karkulainen He wouldnt give up his heritage for anything One scene later after two years apart Jaanus and Bender reunite Bender is a friend
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