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Changes Brought About By Emotions Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler Emotions are the most important aspect of a play Most plays are based around the interpersonal-dynamic and almost all of such relation is emotion-centered Through the course of all plays some kind of social change occurs and emotions act as a catalyst in many such changes The strongest of emotions in Ray Lawlers Summer of the Seventeenth Doll are those of pride anger love and nostalgia In Mr Lawlers play pride is a powerful catalyst for change Roos pride led to him walking out on his cane-cutting gang introducing the entire Dowd plot arc which is pivotal That led to the breaking up of Barney and Roos friendship Barney Righto so I didnt walk out with you up north but that was the only time Ive ever slipped Ive stood by you other times havent I Roo away from Barney I didnt need you those other times That was once I did Pearls pride is also the thing that most contributes to her own desperate yearning for status respectability and her ideal lifestyle vision of a woman married and firmly planted on a very high pedestal This leads to her constant self-analysis of where she is in relation to those around her socio-economically and morally This gives her a greater awareness of the reality of any given situation the opposite of Olive This is the reason and cause of Pearls shattering insight Pearl All right but the least you can do is to see what youve got as it really is Take a look at this place now youve pulled down the decorations Whats so wonderful about it Nothing Its just an ordinary little room thats a hell of a lot worse for wear And if youd only come out of your day-dream long enough to take a grown up look at the lay-off thats what
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