Essay (Unfinished on the Club

Submitted By negrosity
Words: 326
Pages: 2

Dialogue involves the exploration and expression of ideas, attitudes and inner emotions between individuals, and encompasses both what is said and how it is said in order to convey meaning. Both The Club (1978), by playwright David Williamson, and The Castle (1997), directed by Rob Sitch, convey aspects of human nature through various characters whose morality and values are not only revealed, but challenged through the implementation of overarching thematic concerns such as loyalty, tradition versus change and cooperation. In order to explore these ideas, both Williamson and Sitch employ a range of literary, dramatic and visual devices to reveal the spectrum of innate characteristics that drive humans’ thought processes and actions.
Loyalty is often used by others to measure one’s morality. Laurie’s selfless acts upon others show how moral he is, and show his loyalty to the club. This is shown through the use of language of disagreement, where Laurie tries to defend Danny’s position when ‘Danny was getting thrashed. I thought you mightn’t have noticed’, (page 28) a quote from Ted which emphasises how badly ‘thrashed’ Danny was. Because of this, Ted wanted to ‘shift him’ but Laurie disagreed with the fact that anyone on the team besides Danny could take Wilson (one of the best footballer). This shows Laurie’s morality in terms of how he thinks of others, that he knows that Danny ‘was desperate to keep on trying’. This shows Laurie’s human aspect and therefore shows his