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Loot – Plot Summary

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Loot - Plot Summary Loot is a black comedy, which was written and set in the mid sixties. It is a mixture of mockery of different aspects of society: the police force, death, marriage the church. The play is set in London, in the modest house of McLeavy, who has now been a widower for three days. The curtains rise as he is sitting in his living room, next to his wife's coffin. In this first scene we are also introduced to Fay, the nurse. She is a young, attractive and seductive young woman with a mysterious past; seven dead husbands in ten years. It is obvious by her behaviour that she has her eyes on McLeavy and his fortune. While McLeavy is busy cataloguing the flowers sent in memory of his wife, his son, Hal, and his friend, Dennis, are planning to hide the money from their recent bank robbery. The robbery has taken place at the bank attached to the funeral directors where Dennis works as an undertaker. ...read more.


After a short argument between the two, Fay suggests that if they got married it would be the only solution for the money to be shared with no risks of getting in trouble. Fay tries to persuade him into marrying her, but the procession is about to leave, and McLeavy is forced to go. Fay, Dennis and Hal are left together in the room, and soon enough the truth about the corpse and the money surfaced: this is because Hal can't lie when he is asked a straight question. Fay bribes her way into a large share of the money, and at the same time rejects Dennis' proposal for marriage. Mr McLeavy comes back home early in a shocking state while Truscott is violently interrogating Hal. An accident has just occurred; there has been a car crash with the first car and an uncontrolled lorry. The result was the death of the driving undertaker, a few injured weepers and a destroyed car in the middle of a sea of damaged rose petals. ...read more.


However, she has to be made free just as soon as she was arrested, because the corpse's organs had mysteriously disappeared. These organs, including the stomach, were to be the proof of Fay's criminality; therefore, Truscott had no proof anymore that Fay was guilty of murdering Mrs. McLeavy. As the play turns to an end, Truscott manages to put two and two together, and realises exactly what has been going on. Because of this, he is bribed into turning a blind eye, and the favour was going to be returned in cash by Fay, Hal and Dennis. The criminals try to bribe McLeavy too, but fail to do so. Instead, he goes to find someone in authority, which will arrest the immoral gang. The play finishes as Truscott arrests McLeavy, who actually was the only sane and honest person of the whole group. Orton chose to end this play in such a way to show the corruption of the people at the time. We get the impression that Orton's message is that the only way to keep out of trouble; one HAS to be corrupt in modern society. ...read more.

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