Please help the questions are due tomorrow and I don't have a clue on how he wants them answered In Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts by Mary Chase: 1. What do you think of Elwood’s observation:...
Please help the questions are due tomorrow and I don't have a clue on how he wants them answered
In Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts by Mary Chase:
1. What do you think of Elwood’s observation: “Some people are blind. That is often brought to my attention” (p.19). To what, in Elwood’s view, are they blind? In what sense do you think Elwood has “won out” over “reality (p. 49)?.
2. What is Elwood implying when he explains why he “had such hopes” for the name Harvey (55-6)?.
Elwood P. Dowd is a 47 year old man, who has an imaginary (some believe) friend named, Harvey. Harvey is a six foot, three and one-half inch tall rabbit. Everywhere Elwood goes, he introduces Harvey to them. Veta, Elwood's, sister is embarrassed by him, and decides to have him committed to a sanatorium. This is when the real fun begins!
When Elwood says "Some people are blind. That is often brought to my attention", we see that Elwood is not just talking about Harvey. Elwood is a simple man and most people overlook him. He feels that people don't see him as he really is. Yes, he has this giant rabbit for a friend, but that is not the only thing people are blind to.
When Dr. Sanderson is talking to Elwood, he asks him about the name, Harvey, and how this could be Elwood's mind trying to help him remember something.
"Dr. Sanderson: Think carefully, Dowd. Didn't you know somebody, sometime, someplace by the name of Harvey? Didn't you ever know anybody by that name?
Elwood: No, no, not one, Doctor. Maybe that's why I always had such high hopes for it."
This implies that Elwood has been disappointed in life, by the people he knows. Having Elwood say that he had such high hopes for the name, Harvey, shows us that Elwood's hopes have always been dashed by people. Elwood is just a man trying to get people to see him for who he is. By the end of the play, we see that people just might be seeing Elwood in a whole new light.