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Tender Mercies written by Horton Foote is a screenplay which presents to the reader ordinary people who are trying to live decently in an unpredictable and violent world The reader comes to be aware of many dramatic scenes where the central characters have come to experience many complex but yet fascinating situations in their lives Reading this screenplay the reader will come to acknowledge one of the centralized themes in Tender Mercies which is the theme of redemption For those who are unaware of the word redemption as it applies to the screenplay Tender Mercies is the literary word meaning to be saved or saving someone from an experience or a situation The reader can observe this redemption at various times through many characters such as Mac Rosa Lee Sunny and Dixie Each one of these characters has been redeemed by other characters or has been the redeemer of other characters Thus in the paragraphs to proceed the reader will be introduced to these exact characters and to the situations from which these characters were redeemed from or whom they had redeemed Alongside the reader will also come to recognize how this theme provides the clearest reason why Tender Mercies is neither a Tragedy nor Pathos As mentioned above one of the centralized themes in Tender Mercies is the theme of redemption and that it can be seen through many characters of whom is Mac In the beginning of this screenplay Mac is viewed as a person with a drinking disorder In other words he was an alcoholic He would drink continuously being unaware of the hurt he caused to his loved ones He drank more and more as he tried to run away from his problems he believed that drinking was the only factor that solved his problems As he continued to drink on
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