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BURIED CHILD - Sam Shepard You dont wanna die do you but I just lost my voice Buried Child by Sam Shepard speaks to us about the impact of family secrets A family in general is bonded by bloodlines Yet relationships within the unit can be disturbed if a dark secret is held The death of child is a tragedy all together but when a member of the unit murders a child the family is bound to fall apart The members in this family Dodge Halie their sons Tilden and Bradley fell apart because they tried to forget what happened Dodge thought that if no one spoke about it then it would be forgotten The fact is that nobody forgot not even Halie Oh they can hold on to the secret and let it fester inside but it doesnt just go away Secrets are like a cancer It grows and spreads through your body eventually killing you In the beginning of Act I Shepard introduces us to a typical American family who seems fairly enough wholesome but is far from it In the opening act we see Halie as a potentially nurturing wife As she hears her husband coughing profusely she suggests that he take his medication She also suggests that its the rain which makes him sick like that Doesnt it all seem wholesome Well it would except that Shepard places Halie and Dodge at such physical distance Halie has to yell from the upstairs to Dodge who is downstairs sitting on the couch Theyre trying to have a conversation but they cant hear each other clearly I can see that the distance is not just physical but emotional When Halie mentions that shes going downstairs to see him he yells dont come down And Halie invites Dodge to the upstairs She yells down to him you should see it coming down up here Whats it like down there
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