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How are Hally's hopes depicted in the play?

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Hope is an interesting concept and/or theme for this play. In general, I don't think this play is all that hopeful of a play; however, there are hopeful moments in the play. One such instance occurs right when Hally enters the scene. The stage directions tell readers that Sam begins doing the quickstep, and that he is a very accomplished dancer. Hally enters and applauds. He is very excited about Sam's actions, and it turns out that Sam has an upcoming competition. Both Sam and Hally seem excited and hopeful about Sam's chances in the competition.

HALLY: Think you stand a chance?

SAM: Let's just say I'm ready to go out there and dance.

HALLY: It looked like it. What about you, Willie?

This is an important, small exchange between Hally and Sam because it shows that Hally is capable of caring for somebody other than himself. By the end of the play, that isn't the case. Hally is so careless about anybody other than himself that he starts throwing around racial comments and demanding to be...

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