Aunt Dan and Lemon: A Play Wallace Shawn

ISBN: 9780394549460

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107 pages


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Aunt Dan and Lemon: A Play  by  Wallace Shawn

Aunt Dan and Lemon: A Play by Wallace Shawn
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The action begins in the London flat of Lenora (Lemon), a rather frail, introspective young woman who tells us, with a chilling calm, why she rather admires the Nazis for their refreshing lack of hypocrisy, and who then, in a series of flashbacks,MoreThe action begins in the London flat of Lenora (Lemon), a rather frail, introspective young woman who tells us, with a chilling calm, why she rather admires the Nazis for their refreshing lack of hypocrisy, and who then, in a series of flashbacks, explains how she came to hold these views.

We meet her abrasive American-born father, to whom profit and business success are foremost, and her retiring mother who wishes that love and kindness were more prevalent but is easily reconciled to their absence. But, most important, we meet a family friend, Danielle (known as Aunt Dan), an Oxford don obsessed with defending Henry Kissingers policies in Vietnam. Beguiling Lemon with tales of her wild days as an Oxford student, and of the amoral escapades of her diverse and often dissolute friends (depicted in brief, disquieting vignettes), Aunt Dan becomes the central force in Lemons life, eventually corrupting Lemons moral views to the point where even Aunt Dans death elicits no compassion.

Instead Lemon, in a final, chilling monologue, methodically makes the case that bullies are our natural masters-and that reasonable man is, by nature, an armed killer who destroys others not only because it is necessary for survival but because it gives him pleasure.



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