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Valley Song

The play opens with the Author, a white man in his 60s, holding a handful of pumpkin seeds from pumpkins he grew in the Karoo region of South Africa the year before. The pumpkin seeds are from the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2017 11:47 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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Athol Fugard’s play, set in post-apartheid South Africa, has two central, intertwined plot lines. One is concerned with the younger generation growing up after the apartheid system was dismantled....

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 5:35 am UTC

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In Valley Song, the pumpkin seeds are meant to represent dreams and tie in to the play’s themes of cycles of change and miracles. Just as seeds can grow into something tangible such as a plant,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 7:43 pm UTC

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Veronica's dream holds significance on both political and personal levels. In terms of the latter, Veronica represents a desire to break with the ghosts of the past and move towards an unknown...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 6:07 am UTC

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Veronica Jonkers and her grandfather, Abraam Jonkers (also known as "Oupa" to her and "Buks" to others), experience conflict because Veronica wants to leave their home in the Karoo, a region of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2017 12:51 am UTC

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Let's talk about the various parts of Athol Fugard's play Valley Song. An exposition provides an introduction to the setting, characters, and themes of a literary work. At the very beginning of...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 5:19 pm UTC

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The idea of growth and fertility is central to the entire play and it applies to people as well as agriculture. Athol Fugard begins Valley Song with the Author holding the pumpkin seeds to indicate...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 7:56 pm UTC

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Veronica thinks that there is a difference between dreaming big, and dreaming big and working hard. Anyone can dream big, but working hard is the difficult part. Athough Veronica knows that the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2007 1:11 am UTC

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The character of Abraam Jonkers, who most people call "old Buks," is a poor tenant farmer (as his father had been). One of the great losses of his life was the death of his wife after almost a half...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 4:19 am UTC

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Valley Song is an exploration of the human condition. Whether we are rich or poor, we all have dreams. They are part of our humanity. Hope is closely related to dreams. Like the pumpkin seeds,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 6:00 pm UTC

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Oupa’s discovery of a letter from Priscilla, Veronica's friend, inviting her to go to Johannesburg, marked the climax of the conflict between Oupa and Veronica. The letter from Priscilla was in...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016 1:18 pm UTC

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Athol Fugard's Valley Song is rife with allegories and symbolism that aid the reader who is not familiar with Apartheid to understand the depth with which this system penetrated the lives, the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 10:12 pm UTC

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"Valley Song" by Athol Fugard is set in a remote province of South Africa and centers on an old man, Buks, and his seventeen-year-old granddaughter, Veronica. Love and hope are both central themes...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2017 1:21 pm UTC

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I think that the characterization that Fugard offers is one where she refuses to accept her limitations and circumstances. Veronica represents the power and galvanizing force that the subjective...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 4:31 am UTC

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Valley Song is the one-act play written by South African playwright Athol Fugard. The play examines the racial dynamic present as a result of the legacy of apartheid. Buks, a 76-year-old black...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 2:19 am UTC

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I have two possible avenues for contacting Mr. Fugard. His literary agent is William Morris Agency: 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019 (212) 586-5100 plays@wma.com The...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2009 10:34 am UTC

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I think that the nature of love that Veronica showed her grandfather consisted of loyalty, but an understanding that both of them are operating on two fundamentally different frames of reference....

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 5:42 am UTC

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Teachers can support students by encouraging them to have dreams while also giving them the tools to pursue them. Veronica is poor and does not have many opportunities open to her. Like many...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

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In Athol Fugard’s play, the characters of the Author and Veronica have different personal dreams, but in many ways, they share the same vision for their country and society. Because Veronica is...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 5:03 pm UTC

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I think that the characterization of Veronica as stupid because of her failure to accept limitations and circumstances is myopic, at best. Consider that if Veronica does not pursue her dreams,...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 6:16 am UTC

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Valley Song is a play by Athol Fugard. It features three total characters: The Author, Abraam Jonkers, and a black South African girl. The girl leaves her grandfather's farm and goes to the city to...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 8:17 pm UTC

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I tend to think that Buks' love for Veronica is tied into his own condition of where he is in his life and what he has experienced. The love he has for his granddaughter is a reflection of all...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 12:49 am UTC

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I think that the statement is true in the appreciation of Fugard's work. In order to get the most out of the drama, I think that there has to be a commitment on the part of the reader or learner...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 4:11 am UTC

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I think that it is significant that Veronica is a singer. Someone who is a singer takes notes and motifs that might not have been envisioned and puts them together in the form of song that...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 6:25 am UTC

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The lines and characters in question are from Athol Fugard’s play Valley Song, which was his first written after the end of apartheid in South Africa and election of Nelson Mandela as its...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020 10:44 pm UTC

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Valley Song was written by Athol Fugard. It is a vividly realistic play about the lives of the South African people. Interestingly, the Author, a character who is like Fugard himself, an older...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 2:34 pm UTC

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