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Text Analysis Essay 3 1To what extent did the events of the day prompt the writing of this play What were the writers objectives First published in 1974 but performed by NIDA in 1970 The Legend of King OMalley was a controversial play for its time In the thick of the Vietnam War the authors themselves as well as the actors were directly influenced by the issue of conscription Each of the characters legislations and events are based on real life therefore both the events of the time it is set in the early 20th century and the time when the play was written 1960s have influenced the authors Ultimately The Legend of King OMalley is about politics In writing this play I believe Boddy and Ellis were encouraging ignorant Australians to examine the political and social construction of their country They were also addressing the issues that were affecting them the most at the time conscription and war Faced with the possibility of being dragged away at the drop of a hat Ellis and Boddy used their talents to make their opinions heard The idea of using satire and various acting and production styles to convince their audience takes the edge off of the serious nature of the play and the issues that it addresses As Australians we know very little of our history The federation of our country was an issue that Boddy and Ellis believed we should have some knowledge of even if this knowledge was merely derived from fact Also with conscription being such a controversial issue at the time humour was used to soften the blows against the politicians of the time Just as the events of the play are based on fact so too are the circumstances to a degree The opening scenes with their preaching and giving are derived from the childhood experiences of one or both of the authors In his introduction to
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