Cosi Essay

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The play ‘Cosi’ written by Louis Nowra is a semiautobiographical black comedy set in Melbourne mental asylum. In 1971 a period of radical change in societies views of war and sexual mortality and the role of women. By taking part in the project Lewis finds his inner qualities and evolves successfully as a character. Lewis learns new traits and finds the answers to his questions. Lewis is tested by all the mental patients and is even tested by his best friend Nick and his girlfriend Lucy. Lewis becomes a man with power and courage by the end of the novel and has the courage to stand up for himself and do what he wants to do.

Lewis was only taking part in the project because he needed the money. “Lucy I need the money”. Lewis didn’t care or appreciate the mental patients for who they were. Lewis ends up choosing the play over the moratorium showing that the patients are his number one priority. Lewis finds out that the patients are more worthy to him than his untruthful mate Nick. Lewis learns morals throughout the novel by doing the right thing for the patients and not judging them because of where they are.  
Lewis is unsure of what his opinion on love is, he claims that “love is not so important nowadays”. Lewis claimed that “love was a hard concept to define”, he had not yet developed his own views but had been manipulated by his friends, Nick and Lucy, who both believe that love is not important. Throughout the play, Lewis interacts with the patients who each hold contrasting views towards love. Through their interactions and conversations, it can be seen that Lewis believes in fidelity, not unlike Cherry, but in contrast to Julie who believes love to be another form of drugs. Also through these interactions, Lewis' strong opinion that true love and fidelity should exist in relationships form. It can be seen when he said that the play is “about important things - like love and fidelity”. Even after Lewis was betrayed by his girlfriend; Lucy, he was...

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