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Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice

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Idyll of John Murdoch. After losing his wife, his female connection in the world, John

chooses to create a whole new world in order to keep her in it. The play focuses on

describing the environmental, social, and technological changes that define John’s

good-new-days world instead of focusing on the personal connections within it. When

John’s world crashes, he dies. His imaginings have only further isolated him from the

real world. His community cannot reach him, and he does not invoke a guiding spirit

akin to Beth’s Grandmother or Carole’s Nana Elsie to aid his healing. John dies and

remains separate. In Auld Acquaintance, Barr dies bitter, sick, and angry because he

sacrificed his marriage to pursue a career that will never escape the shadow of the

politician he spent his life covering. He has chosen autonomy over relational

connections and paid for it. An apocalyptic erasing and re-writing of the earth’s social

order, as if the earth were a great cosmic Etch-a-sketch, as seen in Reruns may be too

drastic a step. But these plays do advocate the strength of a relational society over a

patriarchal society. The ideal is the strong community, not the weak, lone person.

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