Literature ( Absence) Play

Literature ( Absence) Play

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  • Mervin and Cheryl made me so proud, what about you?!
  • Middle child syndrome. I am always unloved. 
  • NO! You shall study whatever I tell you to.
  • Do whatever that makes you happy!
  • I want to study arts, please.
  • The play starts by introducing the main characters, Mother and Son. They do not have a good relationship and are often arguing. ( pg 25-26 )
  • I rather die than to be at your mercy. You only take credits for simple stuff like this!
  • Son feels that he is not loved by his mother as compared to his siblings and attributes it to middle child syndrome. Mother calls him a disappointment.     ( pg 27-29 )
  • I love him, I just want to protect him...
  • Mother and Son disagree about his choice to pursue an education and career in the arts while father supports him wholeheartedly. Mother does not think it is a respectable career. ( pg 30-32 )
  • Son asks mother why she hates him so much and explains that it is because of his arts job that allowed him to look after her. Mother says that she would rather die than to be at his mercy. (pg 33-36 )
  • WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO MUCH? The only reason why I can take care of you now is because of my job.
  • Mother reveals that she loves her son and just wants to protect him from judgement from others. Son shares that he loves Mother too. ( pg 37 )
  • I love Mother. I've always loved her.
  • The play ends by revealing that Mother has died. It is a tragic ending as both Mother and Son did not get to tell each other what they had wanted to say : that they loved each other. ( pg 38 )
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