The club

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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 Continue...


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After Kenny begs Rob to call in police from another station, the removalist says, "You must be mad. Even the Australian Olympic Team has received massive financial backing from sponsors, something which is accepted and considered to be good by most people. Kenny realises that Simmonds is going to bash him further when Rob, Fiona, and Kate have left, "That sergeant's gonna beat the shit outa me. However, the play does make the point that although domestic violence is considered unacceptable by most of society, it is still occurring, and little is being done to stop it. " Other characters, like Jock and Gerry, lack loyalty to other people but are loyal to the Club as a whole. Although most men claim they would never hit a woman and are disgusted at those who do, the rate of domestic violence shows that not enough is being done to change true attitudes towards violence against women. Competitiveness is also an important attitude in the play -- one which is shared by all the characters, to at least some extent. Another, perhaps even more important issue explored in The Removalists is that of police corruption. However, Gerry (the administrator) and Jock's plans for next year not only include the dropping of some Club traditions, but also extensive commercialisation as wealthy entrepreneurs are recruited for sponsorship money which will be used to buy more players. Some of the characters, like Danny, are fiercely loyal to others; for example Danny threatens a players' strike if Laurie is forced to resign, "If that bloody committee of yours gives Laurie the boot tonight, then we don't play tomorrow. 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. The audience is left wondering how a society can expect law and order when those whose job it is to enforce the law break it themselves on a regular basis. For example, all of the characters in The Club except Ted are of the belief that it is unacceptable for a man to commit acts of physical violence against a woman. For example, Gerry is able to skilfully manipulate the other characters so he can accomplish his own hidden agenda. He explains to Ross early on that, "Something doesn't have to be very big before it's too big for us and likewise something doesn't have to be all that small before it's not worth worrying about," therefore the workload at their particular police station is quite low.

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