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KRISTY HEWITT 11B AWAY ANALYTICAL ESSAY Throughout Away many characters go through changes Gwen changes from a nagging housewife into a sympathetic and more balanced individual Roy goes from being very insecure about life to knowing how to deal with his problems and live life as it comes Coral is also very insecure about life after the death of her son she is longing for attention and doesnt know how to be around people By the end of the play she is at least trying to be social and be around people At the beginning of the play Gwen is a nagging housewife She is always right well she thinks she is anyway She changes into a more sympathetic and balanced individual Vic has showed her to put love not possessions and status first She was obsessed with orderliness and comfort because of her deprived childhood This has ruined her relationships with her husband and Daughter Towards the end of the play Gwen hears of Toms illness Leukemia this turns her towards more humane and fitting values Gwen at the Beginning Act 2 Scene 2 Well do you think theyll pack themselves Do you think holidays happen on their own to Gwen at the end Act 4 Scene 1 What do you think of me You must hate me Why do you still bother Roy goes from being in complete denial as he lost his son in the Vietnam War to being a little more caring and understanding toward others He doesnt talk to his wife Coral very much except to patronize her and give her lectures about snapping out of it his insensitivity extends Coral Grief period beyond what it need be He threatens her with Electro-compulsive therapy a physical horror to follow her mental one This forces Coral into total isolation and to run away By the end of the play Roy is seeking for forgiveness as well
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