The club

             In his play The Club, David Williamson presents numerous
             Australian attitudes of the 1970s. However, many of these attitudes are
             still relevant and fairly accurate representations of Australian attitudes
             in the 1990s, although some of course have changed somewhat over the time
             since the play was written nearly twenty years ago. Tradition plays a
             very important part in The Club. Each of the characters of course has his
             own ideas and attitudes towards tradition, but there are some which are
             more or less universal throughout the play. In The Club, tradition is
             mainly presented as the opposite to progress and success; that is, to
             achieve success in today's world, tradition must be abandoned. For
             example, Laurie (the coach) blames an old Club tradition for his failure
             to win a premiership, "You and your cronies wouldn't let me buy players."
             Jock (the vice-president) replies, "We were upholding an old tradition.
             It was wrong, but we believed in it." Then in the next line, Laurie
             accuses Jock of supporting the rest of the committee in upholding the
             tradition not because he believed in it himself, but because he didn't
             want Laurie to succeed, "They might have believed in it but the reason why
             you wouldn't let the Club buy players was to stop me winning a flag."
             However, Jock does support and use tradition when it is in agreement with
             his goals. For example when trying to avert a players' strike, Jock
             claims that former Club heroes would be disgusted by the idea, "I want to
             turn all those photographs around so they don't have to look down on this
             shameful scene." However, it is later revealed that Jock supports the
             buying of players and a coach who has not played for the Club, both of
             which are against traditions, to ensure that the Club wins a premiership
             next season. This hypocritical attitude towards tradition is probably a
             fairly typical Australian attitude; traditions ar...

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