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HOTEL SORRENTO One of Hannie Raysons main concerns in her play Hotel Sorrento is the characters need to face the truth about themselves and the past This issue is present throughout the play and is weaved into the themes of loyalty versus truth and the intimate bond between sisters to reinforce the powerful link between literature and real life Rayson also looks deeply at the nature of Australian identity the relationship between cultural identity and literature and the power of art to transform Rayson investigates the theme of loyalty truth and betrayal through the characters need to face the reality of the past Each character voices an opinion on which they see to be more important truth or loyalty For example Marge believes that loyalty can be followed like a religion Once youve signed up you dont have to ask so many questions By this she is suggesting that loyalty can be followed blindly without questioning the people or events that are being protected Edwin agrees with Marges thoughts on this subject I think that people hold on to these things like the notion of loyalty or truth as if they were unassailable As the play develops the sisters become aware that they must put aside loyalties and begin to confront their past so that they can reconcile their differences and begin to enjoy the future This is shown by Megs conflict of emotions when dealing with her country and family If you ask the average Brit what he knows about Australia hell probably say Fosters and vomit The trouble is that your average Aussie bloke on the loose in London regardless of whether hes backpacking or wheeling and dealing does nothing to dispel this image When I meet Australians over here I take some comfort in the fact that it is only a minor outbreak At home were talking epidemic Because of the high esteem Australians hold for
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