Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel

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What, in your view, is the role and dramatic significance of Aunt Lizzy within the play Philadelphia, Here I Come!?  

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Aunt Lizzy is the spark that sets Gar on his path. In many ways, she's the catalyst that allows the story to take place.

When Aunt Lizzy and her husband visit Gar, she suggests that he move to Philadelphia to live with them. She wants to be closer to the man she views as a stand-in for her own child, which she and her husband were unable to have.

Without the suggestion of the trip and the affection that Lizzy gives Gar, he might not have considered leaving. But Lizzy offers the view of something different. This change is especially appealing because his first love is being married to someone else. Gar wants a better life, but he also struggles with not knowing what to do.

Lizzy also has significance because she embodies Gar's internal struggle. He wants love and affection, but he is somewhat put off by her manner and appearance. Like with everything in his life, he can't choose what's right for him or what he needs.

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Aunt Lizzy is probably the most important person in Gar's life and a huge...

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