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Marsha Normans night Mother illustrates a central point about the nature of what creates drama in a play the anticipation of an outcome In this case that means that Mama and the storys audience learns early on of Jessies plans And because of learning Jessies plans both Mama and the storys audience are thrust deep into the heart of this storys question Will Jessie really kill herself or can Mama find a way to stop her Whats at stake in this story is also made very clear Jessies going to kill herself Can Mama talk her out of it The central issue that night Mother delivers is that the more reasons Mama tries to grasp to convince Jessie not to kill herself the more she reaffirms Jessies belief that her life is useless and its simply better to end her suffering with a clear mind The play opens on what appears to be a typical Saturday night for Jessie and Mama Mama finds the last snowball -- some junk food -- in the fridge Jessie asks for some black plastic bags Its on their schedule that Jessie will give Mama a manicure Then Jessie asks JESSIE Wheres Daddys gun Life for Jessie and Mama is such a dull routine Mama doesnt even pause to consider the request odd She evens helps Jessie figure out where the gun is kept Its not until half a column later that Mama asks MAMA What do you want the gun for Jess JESSIE Protection Mama at first considers that she and Jessie have nothing to steal and what was valuable was stolen by Jessies son Ricky MAMA I mean I dont even want what we got Jessie Jessie begins cleaning the gun and soon the stage directions set out that Mama is now concerned about it JESSIE The gun is for me MAMA Well you can have it if you want When I die youll
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