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Lucy: “I have sex with him and I sleep with you”. How is love treated in Cosi?
In “Cosi”, Louis Nowra explores the ideas of love, fidelity, mental illness and, illusion and reality. “Cosi” is about a director who takes the challenge of directing a play with mental patients. The play the patients perform is “Cost Van Tutte” which is also about love and fidelity. Lucy and Nick are having an affair behind Lewis’ back. Henry is against free love and talks about his mother and father. Lewis doesn’t believe in free love and learns a lot to do with love throughout his time at the asylum. The play was made in the 1970’s, which was after the hippie movement. The concept of getting married and being loyal to that one person for the rest of your life was slowly ending and dying out and people were starting to believe in free love.
Lucy and Nick were both believers of free love. They thought that the concept of having to be married to someone was out-dated. Lucy is a university student, a passionate protestor against the Vietnam war and a fighter for social justice. Nick is also a protestor against the war and he is also a director. They both betray Lewis in the play by having an affair behind his back. When Lewis asks Lucy whether she is having an affair with Nick she responds with “I have sex with him and I sleep with you”. This shows that to her, being in a committed relationship that could eventually end in a marriage was not something important anymore. Lewis also asks Nick if he is having an affair with Lucy and gets a similar answer where Nick says that Lucy is having sex with him but sleeping with Lewis.
Henry doesn’t believe in free love like Lewis. “Cosi Van Tutte”   is about two males that disguise themselves as Albanians and present themselves to their wives to test their faithfulness, in which they learn that it was a bad idea as the two ladies feel for the others husband. Henry didn’t like the way everyone was talking about free love and saying that women...

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