David French Essay

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ope; in the course of the evening he woos her back. While the essence of the play is this lyrical courtship, we get an insight into social conditions of place and time. In this play we see the reality behind Jacob's ‘mythic’ Newfoundland. A fourth Mercer play, 1949 (1989), premièred at Toronto's St Lawrence Centre on 20 Oct. 1988. With a cast of twelve, it is set on the eve of Newfoundland's entering Confederation, and incorporates a number of the characters seen or mentioned in the previous Mercer plays. Selected criticism of Leaving home and Of the fields, lately is included in Canadian drama and the critics (rev. ed. 1995), edited by L. W. Conolly. Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/mercer-plays#ixzz2r3pJEec0 -Essay on play Leaving Home -Playwright is David French In a society where children are not close with their parents, there should be more of an effort on the parents' part to establish a close bond between parent and child. In the play Leaving Home, Jacob Mercer shows that he is not a good father by the way he insults his children, how distant he is from his children, and how little respect he has for his children. Jacob Mercer is not a good father because off the way he continuously insults his children. We know that Jacob is not a good father because of the Screech incident involving Ben. When Jacob sat down to drink an Irish version of moonshine liquor called Screech, he asked Ben to join him. When Ben refused the drink, Jacob accused Ben of being soft, and says that he is not a man because of the fact that he does not like Screech. This is not good parenting because insults and put-downs are not healthy for relationships, especially not parent-child relationships. Another way that Jacob proves that he is not a good father is when he tells Bill that he will not amount to more than Kathy so he shouldn't even try. "Ah, what's it

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