3. Whilst it dramatises frustration, alienation and anger, Away ultimately offers a positive view of relationships. Discuss.
In Away, the characters and their behaviour towards others can be closely analysed to illustrate both negative and positive views of relationships. Although at first glance emotions such as frustration, alienation and anger appear to be predominant, in the end there is no doubt that qualities like unity, love, sharing and forgiveness prevail. The play dramatises three different families experiencing and working through separate problems of varying degrees, demonstrating that pain is essential to healing.
One of the families involve the three characters Gwen, Jim and Meg. Gwen has frustration which verges on anger for “, people who don’t want to improve,” because she feels that as she was able to make something of her life, they should also. Jim and Meg have to deal with Gwen’s obsession with planning and her dissatisfaction for everything. Evidence that Gwen is never happy unless things are done and organised in her way is the incident where she left Jim’s box of presents behind because they were not “in the proper order.” Jim is a conciliatory character who calms Gwen down saying often “, Don’t worry. Don’t start to worry.” Meg is frustrated with her mother’s discontent which is seen in the quote “, There’s always something I do wrong that takes you weeks to forgive.” However it is this frustration that forces Meg to exert her strength and break this cycle of planning by insisting her father “turn off the highway.” After Gwen takes a walk with Vic on the beach she is able to see things in a new light which allows her to reconcile with Jim after the Stranger on the Shore play.
Tom, one of the characters has to deal with living with a terminal illness. He appears to be frustrated that his life is ending prematurely and as a result he tries to accelerate the process so