Discuss the nature of Veronica's dreams in Valley Song by Athol Fugard.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the exact nature of Veronica's dreams are encapsulated by The Author towards the end of the drama.  When he tells Veronica, ‘‘The future belongs to you now," it is a moment in which her dreams are on display to all.  Veronica possesses an insatiable optimism and love of the future.  Her dreams are not colored by the past's failure.  They are not tempered by what cannot be done or what obstacles exist. Rather, they are driven by her love of horizons and the promises of what can be.  When she talks about going to places that she has never seen or regales in her dream of singing, the revelatory nature that is on display is that there is a sense of unbridled hope and zealous optimism about that which is conditional.  She is not afraid of her own past, one in which her mother died in pursuit of the same end that Veronica pursues.  She is not afraid of the limitations of a "bad world" that her grandfather knows all too well.  She is not going to "scrub a White man's floor."  Rather, she is the pumpkin seed that has been planted and tended,  and now must be let go in order to grow.  Veronica is the embodiment of the "Glorious Future" that The Author once envisioned and the hope of a new South Africa that could never have been conceived by her grandfather.  She is the representation of the future, and in her, there is the realistic hope that what can be will be better than what is and superior to what was.  This becomes the nature of Veronica's dreams.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Veronica Jonkers, who is 17, is looking, in her own words to her grandfather, for "Adventure and Romance." Though she already sings at the school and the local church, she is restless in her life with her grandfather and wants to sing for a wider audience, far from home. She sings a song about jumping on a railway bus to go to new cities and faraway places.

Her grandfather, however, fears that Veronica will have the same fate as her mother, who ran away and then died a year later while giving birth to Veronica. Like her mother, Caroline, Veronica dreams of seeing new places and bringing her song to a wider audience. Her dream is to escape the past and find a brighter future far from Karoo. Unlike her grandfather, she is not tied to the land and wants a different type of life for herself.