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For Your Designated Character Define The Human Condition Depicted In The Play "Summer Of The Seventh Doll" By Ray Lawler

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BubbaBubba is a 22 year old, shy-looking girl who is a neighbour to Olive's house. Ever since the age of five, she has regularly associated with Roo and Barney everytime they had their lay-off season and came back to town. It is because of her that the tradition of bringing back a doll was started.Although she seems shy on the outside, she is not as innocent as her appearance would have seemed, because she knows about what Roo and Barney do every time they come back, i.e. Recreational sex. This is demonstrated by the dialogue between her and Pearl at the beginning of the play "Bubba: You won't need any (books) till after April." By that line she means that Pearl would most likely be too tied up in having fun with Barney to be reading books. Pearl is surprised by her knowledge of sex, and talks to Olive, saying "Pearl: Yeah. I'd say ...view middle of the document...

The human condition of Bubba mentally is shown in this quote, when Bubba says "Roo, why didn't he come down (Barney)? Four letters we wrote him," questioning Barney's motives and his emotional workings. This quote shows the immaturity of Bubba, who does not have the capacity and maturity required yet to understand the extent of emotions of what Barney is feeling about Nancy's wedding. She then affirms that idea with her next sentence "It's awful to think of the two of them, feeling like they do, and yet messing it up like that." This line is a description of Bubba's naivety, showing that she believes relationships virtually always work out. She does not admit to her own immaturity however, as she says "I'm twenty-two now. how much more do you reckon I have to grow!" She is not ready to accept the fact that she is not yet fully emotionally developed, a state of mind which takes much more than 22 years of life to achieve.Like Olive, Roo, and Barney, Bubba has grown used to the 5 months of off-season fun every year, and it has become part of her routine too. Her human condition is used to the consistency of the two cane-cutters coming back every year, doing the same things, and expecting them to remain the same. Her fear of change is shown in this quote "Bubba: It's going to be just the same, isin't it? I mean, it's still going to be Selby at Christmas time, and... and all the rest. You won't alter anything?" The quote depicts that Bubba is scared of the change in their routine. However, she was scared for the wrong reason. She believes that the routine might change because of Nancy's marriage, when in actual fact its more like to be changed due to the waning youth of Roo, Barney and Olive. Again, this demonstrates the immaturity of Bubba's human condition. It is a comparison with the others, as they too do not realise the effects of aging upon them.BibliographyLing Zhu's notesDavid Quach's notes

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