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We live in a world where without conflict there is no entertainment It is a convention of drama that there must be conflict between characters in order for it to be entertaining and thus be successful We can consider a text to be successful if the playwright is able to convey a view of a theme or issue to the audience that challenges our views as he or she originally intended Through the conflicting views of characters the audience is often exposed to attitudes and opinions different to their own The One Day of the Year by Alan Seymour is a play that examines how through both the internal and external conflicts of different characters we are exposed to an array of contrasting opinions therefore validating the statement that this is successful drama The main conflict between characters in The One Day of the Year is between Alf and his son Hughie Alf is a steadfast believer in Australias superiority over other nations He is jingoistic xenophobic and stubborn In fact the first impression the reader gains of Alf is from his opening statement Im a bloody Australian and Ill always stand up for bloody Australia Pg 27 But more importantly he believes that Anzac Day is the one day of the year where he and others like him are considered heroes and consequently can celebrate their heroism by getting blind drunk Hughie on the other hand works towards exposing Anzac Day for what he believes it truly is- an excuse to get drunk Hughie has been brought up with Alfs version of Anzac Day celebrations and it is this which has shaped his anti-Anzac Day views These two points of views are in direct conflict with each other and are made all the more shocking by the fact that they belong to father and son- a relationship that is not traditionally in opposition This conflict brings the audiences attention to the issues being
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