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In Rogers and Hammersteins South Pacific the main theme is racial prejudices The two main characters Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush are faced with these problems as they attempt a relationship Two other minor characters Lt Joe Cable and Liat are faced with the same dilemma Both Nellie and Joe Cable have a hard time copping with their own racial prejudices Joe loves Liat yet cannot marry her because she is Tonkinese Nellie loves Emile but cannot marry him because of his former Polynesian wife It is these prejudices that set the state for what might be the most significant scene in the production In act 2 scene 3 Nellie reveals her prejudices to Emile I cant help it It isnt as if I could give you a good reason There is no reason This is emotional Its something that is born in me She looks to Cable for help in describing what she feels but he offers no help Emile tells her that it is not born in her that it cannot be born in her Nellie who is crying runs off Emile is left with Joe who is thinking over his own relationship with Liat Emile asks him why he and Nellie think that these prejudices are born in them Joe giving him the product of his thoughts tell him Its not born in you It is at this point that Joe Cable begins singing Carefully Taught a character song in which Joe is able to vent his frustrations and anger about his own prejudices The music is slightly upbeat which helps to illustrate that by singing this song he is beginning to feel better The words that Joe sing tell the audience that he realizes that prejudices arent born within someone but taught to them Youve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whos eyes are oddly made And people whos skin is
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