A LOOK INTO AUTHORITY AND OBEDIENCE IN TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER?S PLAY ?OUR COUNTRY?S GOOD ?

Abstract

Author(s): G繹ksenin ABDAL

While sailing towards the waves of hierarchy and authory, neither men nor women knew of their unfortunate fate on a deserted piece of land where no traces of civilisation had been encountered before. The characters in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play ‘‘Our Country’s Good” did not know what was awaiting for them behind the grey clouds of the ocean. In this paper, the aim is to demonstrate power relations in terms of authority and obedience between characters of the play coming to for with efforts to interact with one another after a long-lasting voyage to Autralia. In the first part of the paper, the characters and setting are analyzed with a focus on main concepts from post-structural and post-colonial ways of thinking. In the second part, references to authority and obedience are shown and analyzed with an insight into everyday life of the characters in the play. With this two-phased process of analysis, it has been concluded that imposition of power on people through the colonial way of life makes people identify themselves with the roles of strong/weak, logical/emotional, civilized/natural helping the oppositions win over them on this new, shattered piece of land.

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