The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard

We will consider the idea of confinement (which may be literal or figurative) as a dramatic device that brings characters into view, allowing the audience or reader to

see more deeply into the nature of each character.

Based on the discussion of the idea of confinement in Chapter Four of Introduction to English Literary Studies (IELS), write an essay of at least five paragraphs in which you discuss how the confinement of time and space enables the audience or reader to see more deeply into the nature of Elsa’s character during her visit to Miss Helen. You must make references to relevant aspects of the play to support your answer.

You may want to include the following points in your discussion:

  • Elsa’s perceptions of the literal and figurative confinements of Nieu Bethesda

    ·Elsa’s attitudes and disclosures within the enclosure and confined space of Miss Helen’s home

    · The effects of the confinement of time on the dramatic tension between Elsa and Helen

 

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