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Personal Conflicts in Am I Blue The author of Am I Blue Beth Henley begins the play with the seventeen-year-old protagonist John Polk sitting alone in a bar John contemplates on the red and black card in his hand From the street a sixteen-year-old girl whose name is Ashbe sits next to him She hides under his raincoat because she stole two ashtrays from a local inn Ashbe is a social person and soon begins a conversation with John Through persistent questioning Ashbe discovers John is in a fraternity John admits the fraternity is not solving his problems like his brother told him it would Ashbe noticing the red appointment card asks John why he has an appointment with a prostitute John responds Yeah I like to give myself a treatline 50 Ashbe knows the girl John has an appointment with and explains what the girl looks like John makes a comment that he needs to go to a cheap bar so he can stay drunk Ashbe says she has a bottle of rum and invites John to her apartment While at Ashbes apartment she entertains John with a blue rum drink her voodoo doll and making him a paper hat Ashbe asks John about his aspirations in life John is unsure what he wants to do with his life but his father is pushing him to help manage the soybean farm As the conversation continues Ashbe accuses John of being normal She says he only acts the way he does because its expected and makes everyone happy She wants him to be himself and not try to fit in with everyone else John soon after realizes Ashbe is right and the so called fraternity friends only set him up with the prostitute because it is the cool thing to do Later while the two talk about dancing Ashbe asks John to make love to her John says he could not even kiss
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