Some might claim that Veronica is a stupid young girl who refuses to accept her limitations and circumstances.  In this light, what is the importance of her dreaming big?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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, then the cycle of enslavement and oppression continues even when Apartheid has been dissolved.  The entire reason why Veronica must "dream big" is because the context of the play is one in which South Africa has eliminated Aparheid.  In its abolition, Black South Africans have new opportunities to define their own reality without having it done for them.  Veronica has to "dream big" because she now has the opportunity to do so.  Failure to do so would move her closer to "stupid" because she would not be pursuing her dreams even with the chance to do so.  For an artist who has spent his life in trying to eradicate Apartheid, Fugard recognizes the importance of the moment, what Dr. King would call "the fierce urgency of now."  Veronica has to seize this moment to indicate that South Africa can change.  While she loves her grandfather, it is precisely for this reason that both hold different value systems.  His is one where the pain and weight of the past defines his present and the future.  Veronica is one in which the hope and optimism of the future is what defines her present.  She must "dream big" in order to realize this, and put aside the limitations and circumstances because, in the end, these can be transcended with her faith and certainty in her dreams.