In her final speech in Lion in the Streets, Isobel concludes the description of her murder with the lines , " He take my heart with, in his pocket deep, but my heart talk. Talk and talk and never be quiet never be quiet." In what sense is the whole play about her heart talking and how has that enabled her to come back and re-take her life?
(Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson)
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In Lion in the Streets, Isobel starts out as a bewildered child, connecting with the audience and effectively introducing her "people," her family but at the same time realising that it is not her family. She is very "lost" and this is significant as Isobel's "heart"- her emotions- will be totally conflicted as she must almost experience the pain of everyone else in order to "go home" and find her own peace. The fact that her "heart talk" changes her role and, from the lost innocent child, she is transformed into the potential savior.
The fact that Isobel feels that she is experiencing the trauma of the characters and that she tries to help them - even unsuccessfully - recognize that they are responsible for their own actions and that they can change the course of their lives if they can "kill the lion" is what allows her to grown and her self-development is to be commended.
There is a depth and a morale to Lion in the Streets that Judith Thompson explores and the end is as close to a happy ending as anyone can expect from such horror and trauma. Isobel knows that, while her journey may be coming to a conclusion, her message should never be silenced. This is far more than one little girl's journey "home;" it is Isobel's wish that what she has learnt should be passed on to others and "never be quiet, never be quiet."
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