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Alan Seymour has said about his play that Jan is the least convincingly written role Discuss the role that Jans character plays in exploring the main themes of the play and give your view on the success or otherwise of the characterisation In the novel The One Day of the Year Jan Castle is according to the author Alan Seymour the least convincingly written role This is incorrect Jan is a well-developed non-clichd character and is neither unconvincing nor common The opinion Seymour has expressed in his introduction is merely a product of his modesty Jans participation in the main themes of the play help explore her character and let the reader understand her individualities consequently giving us a picture of a very complete very real character with faults with a family with feelings with strengths and generally with characteristics One of the main themes of the play is Hughies education and the changes it creates in the family The character of Jan is not just there to represent his other life or what he is perhaps destined for but rather Jans character is a part of the process that is the segregation of Hughie from his family She encourages him and wheedles him out of his old life and into that of a university student with ideas and beliefs Hughie is written as a conflicted but always-nice character It is not possible for him to fully realize his education and the changes it brings without Jan She plays an almost Devils Advocate as she brings about the change in Hughie Some might argue that Hughies change was a result of building frustration with ANZAC day and his father Hughie himself says so While this may be correct without Jan coaxing him out of his shell Hughie would not have taken photos for an article detailing the faults with ANZAC day celebrations would not have missed the ANZAC day parade
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