Off Centre Act 2 Scene 4

Off Centre Act 2 Scene 4

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  • Later That Night. Both Rooms.
  • You can write. Write to the newspaper.
  • Dear Sir, I am ... Dear Sir,I read your newspaper...
  • Dear Sir, I am....   Dear 
  • Vinod. Vinod, how to write? Vinod...
  • Vinod suddenly wakes up. He is wide awake. He just sits still.
  • It's called Early Morning Awakening.
  • Saloma has a dream. "Vinod. Vinod... talk to the animals. You can talk,I cannot talk." The "animals" in her speech may represent the uncaring public in a Singaporean setting. She is unable to convey what she feels as she is shut out by people such as her mother as they are treated as things other than people, like "animals".
  • "You wake up at two to three in the morning and feel very depressed" (No Peace) 
  • You can't sleep.
  • Vinod is my friend.
  • In the context of sleep, it is  evident that the characters are "naked", and that the truth of how they feel is revealed in sleep, which in some cultures substitutes the word for death. In a sense the reader is performing an autopsy of the characters and their true emotions are revealed. 
  • You keep thinking and thinking. And nothing helps. Mental Breakdown.
  • Your mind says It's OK , It's OK.
  • Please don't say bad thing about mental patient. We never hurt other people.
  • Razali appears. He is a character which pushes the plot forward and acts as the voice of narration in the scene. It displays a state of depression and an understanding of a problem far before anyone else. "two or three in the morning"
  • You want to die. Leads victims to concede themselves to "fate".
  • Goodbye.
  • "But Vinod and I last time go Woodbridge. And we never kill anyone." It portrays the cruel truth that despite trying to act as normal as they can, they are still grouped and perceived as mentally ill and unstable.
  • You say Woodbridge people kill neighbour.
  • We only hurt ourself.
  • Despite trying to convince oneself that it is okay in their current state, they are unable to hide the reality of the situation at hand. "Vinod is my friend" is mentioned here. It suggests that these characters see their relations as more important than being understood.
  • Your heart hurts.
  • Thank you.
  • "It's fine Saloma,Everything is fine." As the state Vinod is in is narrated by Razali, it displays the mental condition of people who are ostricised by society merely because they are mentally ill. "A Voice" references Act 2 Scene 3:"He wants someone to tell him everything would be OK" Razali is a "father-figure" to Saloma and Vinod , giving advice to them."You have to die " is represented on a pill in the board as it represents a way to fix a problem but it does not fix the emotional and psychological state of others around the patient , effectively "killing" the person.
  • You need a voice. A voice.
  • You have to die.
  • Vinod, my spelling correct or not?
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