Blackrock by Nick Enright: Dramatic Play

The author of the play “Blackjack”, Nick Nearing has written a very dramatic play towards today’s society. During the play he uses lots of techniques to make it relate to the audience, therefore making it more appealing to the readers. Friendship is also a major factor in the play, “Blackjack”. Throughout this play, many different attitudes and values are brought up. It is very appealing towards teenagers, because of today’s society and how it relates to the problems of today.
In the play, the attitudes towards women are very negative, such as the females Ewing thought to be the less powerful gender, compared to the males as being the powerful ones. This is always seen in today’s society as the men over powering the women, because men are meet to be the big tough ones. The guys in the play treated the girls badly. They were always talking to them badly, acting like they were unimportant and less powerful. One of the main offenders of this was Rick. He appears to be one of those people that only care about themselves and doesn’t care about what happens to anyone else.
Family and friends are a major part of the play. For example, When Rick asked his mate Jarred to try and cover up for him from the night of Tracey Warder’s death. He wanted Jarred to say that Rick was with Jarred on the night of the incident, so that the police wouldn’t be after him. Jarred asked his father what he thought he should do. His father said, if you think it is worth getting into to trouble with the law to help your friend then go ahead and back Rick up. This shows that you can’t always be backing your friends up 100% of the time, if it meaner you may get into trouble for doing so then it isn’t worth the risk.


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