Infidelity And Madness In Cosi

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According to Thomas Moore, ‘it is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed’ Moore is depicting here the need for the human kind must reveal themselves in order to find their true identity, as well as that there is madness in everyone and people shouldn’t be so quick to judge. The play Cosi is set in a mental institution in 1971, in Melbourne. There are two scenes in this play that caught my eye when it came to madness and love, and there are two scenes that reinforce this immensely, they are Act 2, Scene 1, and Act 2, scene 2.. Themes that will be discussed are infidelity vs fidelity and madness. Fidelity vs infidelity is an issue depicted in the play because it is an ideal that can never be achieved. The theme of madness, insanity vs sanity…show more content…
Her affection for Lewis reaches a climax as she desperately searches for him in this theatre of complete darkness. This darkness also symbolically parallels he first scene from the opening of the play, where Lewis walks into the play where he metaphorically represents the outside world. The stage direction in act 1, scene 1 suggest hope for the patients by Lewis entering, ‘a chink of daylight enters’ this chink of daylight being Lewis as he represents the outside world. The darkness, even though it has caused chaos with the patients, it also may be valuable for some such as Julie and Lewis who passionately kiss in the darkness. Like who doesn’t like to kiss under the moonlight? Now that’s madness! See what I did there? But for some patients the light may also be a place that may be frightening which is clearly evident through the character of Zac. This character is always on drugs and is always high as some people may say; he is practically not in this world.
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