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What does City Sugar tell us about Modern Views of Ambition?

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What does City Sugar tell us about Modern Views of Ambition? City Sugar conveys modern views of ambition through Rex trying to obtain a higher status in this job. Throughout the play, Rex always looks up and aspires to be like Leonard, 'Thanks. Thank you, Leonard'. This demonstrates how eager rex is to just get a moment of fame. Also, the repetition of 'thank', continues to show the willingness and excitement to achieve higher. In this particular case, Rex's main ambition is to take over and become famous. But, despite this, Rex has unfailing respect towards his superiors as he recognizes their achievements to get to the top. Towards the end of the play, Rex becomes increasingly more selfish with his ambition, and he gradually has less and less respect for others. For example, 'No need to fear, Len and Rex are here' (Act II, p86), which is a turning point in the play and conveys the rising of ambition in Rex. ...read more.


Nicola is completely driven by the idea of being famous and demonstrates the sacrifices and the risks that are made to achieve this, 'Saved lunch money' (Act I, p33). This also shows how wanting something so desperately can lead to becoming an entirely different person. In this case, the modern ambition has changed her entire attitude to life. However, City Sugar also demonstrates the opposing side through Big John. Big John is quite happy to settle for his job and what he already has. He likes the security of a familiar job and seems to have no plans to go higher from a career point of view, 'But I haven't got anything really spectacular' (Act I, p24). However, as the play progresses, Big John does show some enthusiasm in the prospect of moving to London with Leonard. When Big John knows something is easily achieved and in sight he goes for it, but not otherwise. ...read more.


For example, 'one of course white, the other is red' (Act II, p69), which is a lie. Nicola sees the lies that fill up this false idea of reality. There is also the factor of self-improvement to take into consideration as a large portion of the play is based around self-confidence. For example, Leonard is brimming with confidence and he is near the top of the career ladder. Whereas, Nicola has no self-confidence until nearer the end and this newly found confidence leads to success. Every single character, in very different ways, has ambition. It depends on social status and personality on what ambition the character has. But the one thing they all have in common is that they all aim to be a better person and don't settle for who they are. Even Susan, who appears to have no aim, gets restless and wants change, 'we could push it down there if we wanted' (Act I, p15). ...read more.

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