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In Caryl Churchills Cloud 9 she has many central themes and issues but two of the biggest ones are gender distinction in the Victorian time period and colonial rule by the British From the beginning Churchill shows her audience an immense division between males and females Churchill breaks the standard gender and sex roles by having the characters experiment with homosexuality bisexuality and sexual relationships between children and adults For instance the character Harry Bagley who on the surface is the mythic adventurer and is considered to be a legend in his own time in actuality is bisexual and involved with the black servant Joshua who is played by a white actor The plays setting also takes places in an era where women are thought to lack intellectually physically and psychologically to men Cloud Nine begins in Africa in 1880 and ends 100 years later in 1980 Each woman in the play shows a sense of inferiority especially Betty whos first lines in the play are I live for Clive The whole aim of my life is to be what he looks for in a wife I am a mans creation as you see and what men want is what I want to be Cloud Nine 1 Issues addressed in Cloud Nine tend to distinguish women as nothing but flesh put on Earth to satisfy the desires of man Perhaps Churchills desire was to inform the public of womens unwarranted inequality and by writing a play addressing such controversial issues Also Churchill shows the audience about the Victorians views on sex and gender expectations Throughout the play Clive tries to teach his son Edward to be a man It is hard for Edward because he likes being around the women and playing with his sisters dolls Cloud Nine Churchill also shows us how the British colonial rule influenced the characters such as Joshua the black servant repeatedly rejects his people and says he lives only
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