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Discuss how peer pressure influences the actions and behavior of the characters represented in the play Blackrock What is the influence of adult role models that are available to these young people In the play blackrock by Nick Enright peer pressure plays a major part in the horrific crimes that these otherwise ordinary boys commit When Ricko first comes to town he begins to assert himself over the rest of the group then when he knows he will be caught he exerts a lot of pressure onto Jared asking him to lie to the police There is very subtle peer pressure when the girls are trying top raise funds for a tree in memoriam of Tracy and none of the boys will donate money in fear of being paid out on Peer pressure is evident when Jared doesnt speak out about the rape which he witnessed Most of the adults that act as role models are not treated as such by the young people in the play but simply as figures of authority and oppressors The first signs of peer pressure appear when Ricko comes back to town RickoStill got time to catch some waves Jared Some I stayed on at school RickoWanker pg2 This is very subtle peer pressure and Ricko probably isnt intentionally doing it This is one example of many that occur during the play Ricko uses this sort of language and attitude to asserts himself as the dominant male The way he treats his girlfriend or any other girl for that matter is another way of doing this Ricko holds out twenty dollars to Tiffany TiffanyNow you give it back RickoShoot down the road and get us some beers TiffanyI dont know why I put up with you RickoYes you do Well be up the rock pg5 He later on tries to use the result of this behavior as a lever to get Jared to lie to
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