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The drag factor by Frank Vickery is a play about a typical welsh family and the experiences and secrets within the family. From reading the play I know that the family is very traditional in their ways

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The Drag Factor The drag factor by Frank Vickery is a play about a typical welsh family and the experiences and secrets within the family. From reading the play I know that the family is very traditional in their ways. The play consists of three main characters, which are in the family; a son Nigel, the mother Ruby and the father Griff. I think that Ruby seems to be the matriarch of the family and keeps the family together. Griff struggles to accept that his son is gay and begins to disown him, until Ruby brings him around and makes him realise that he could loose his son and his wife. At the beginning of the play Ruby is dressed in a lolly pop ladies uniform. She is in her mid-fifties. She has a,.. 'a large mans hanky in her hand. She is wiping her nose...' This shows that something has happened to her to make her feel upset and cry. When the nurse appears Ruby says, "Is that is? Can I do in now nurse?" "How is he this morning?" This shows that she is eager to see her son and wants to know how he is. It also tells e that she is a loving and caring person. 'After a second or two Ruby gets up and looks into the room through the round hole in the door...' ...read more.


She knows how to handle him. Ruby keeps mentioning the time that Griff dressed up in women's clothes in order to make a point that he does it too as well as his son, so there shouldn't be a problem. When Ruby tells her husband that their only son is gay, she says, "Do you know what hurts me the most? Not that he'll never get married, but that I'll never show a little grandchild over the crossing and into the school." This reveals that's Ruby is sad that she will never have grand children but she is coming to terms with it. When Griff looses his temper Ruby tells him, "You're going to be a very lonely old man, Griff." She's trying to say to him that he could loose his son and his wife if he carries on. Ruby has had time to deal with the situation, unlike her husband. So when he tries to blame Ruby for their son being gay she says, "Hey, you can't blame me. Now it's not my fault." Ruby is refusing to take the blame and she has dealt with the situation by not blaming herself because if she did then she would not be able to deal with it. Ruby tells Griff, "Everything will be alright in the end." This suggests that Ruby's out look on life is as long as they are together it will be alright. ...read more.


Ruby uses cleaver tactics, by saying to him, "You remember that weight we talked about?... Isn't that what husbands are for?" She's almost saying 'do it for me'. She's trying to persuade Griff to see his son. It will be helping her if he sees his son. They are a team and need to stick together. I think that Ruby plays the role of the matriarch in the family. She is strong and is the glue that holds the family together. Ruby has an extremely close relationship with her son. Griff blames her for their son being gay. He feels cheated as a father because he wants a straight son who will marry a woman and have kids. He wants a traditional welsh family when the son follows in the fathers footsteps and the daughter follows in the mothers footsteps. Their family has been through a similar situation before, therefore, they will pull though it again. Ruby controls her husband and tells him what to do. She persuades him to come to terms with their son being gay. This suggests that Ruby's relationship with her husband is predictable and she is used to persuading him. She also knows how to handle her husband. Ruby is a typical mother and is heart broken by the news as she has always wanted grandchildren. When Ruby talks about 'roots and wings' she means that Nigel should be free to do what he wants and still be able to come back home to his loving family. ?? ?? ?? ?? Caitlin Harding ...read more.

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