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What are the themes of House of America?

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Introduction

What are the themes of House of America? The House of America is set in an economically doomed area of South Wales and is concerned with the fail of four main characters: Mam, Gwenny, Sid and Boyo. Boyo, Sid and Gwenny are suffering from depression as there is a high level of unemployment in the area and none of them have jobs. Gwenny and Sid are especially fed up with life in South Wales; they feel they could live a better life in America. This is one of the main themes of House of America. Sid and Gwenny have been taking drugs and drinking; this gives the impression they are unhappy and want to forget about their problems. In the play the mum feels that the family has been drawn apart and that her children are forgetting who they are and where they come from. ...read more.

Middle

The two characters in the book were Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson. Sid and Gwenny start to play around and adopt these roles. Sid says there are lots of opportunities in America and lots of jobs; he wants to get a job so he can buy a plane ticket to go to America. This leads onto another main theme - identity. Sid and Gwenny began to lose their identity and kept on calling each other Jack and Joycey. Boyo was not so easily enthralled in this fantasy world of Sid and Gwenny's and felt that he did not need to go to America for a better life. The mother was worried that Sid and Gwenny were losing their identity and she questions them about who they are and where they come from. The drugs Gwenny takes really affect her; she then begins to live in a dream world and takes on the identity of Joycey. ...read more.

Conclusion

She says red is her colour. She says, "the open cast will dig up everything in sight, and I'll be lost. Let sleeping dogs lie, its been a long time, history is history." When she says "the open cast will dig up everything in sight" this means that something is hidden in the open cast; she uses metaphors like "let sleeping dogs lie" this also refers to something hidden in the open cast. She asks Boyo if he'd still love her if he knew she had done something wrong, something bad. This refers to guilt and she wants to know if her son would still love her, when he says yes this reassures her. She tells her children that she killed their father but they think she is going crazy. When a body is found on the open cast the mother says "the cat is out of the the bag. ...read more.

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