Write a literary essay in which your describe Veronica's dream in Valley Song. Refer to various incidents in the play where the reader/audience is introduced to her big dream and/or idea of dreaming big.

Athol Fugard's Valley Song is a one-act play with only three characters, two of whom are speaking here. It contains Fugard's typical themes relating to the legacy of apartheid among South African people of both races, in their relationships each other and to the land itself. Throughout the play, the Author enters to push back on Veronica when she talks about her intention to leave her grandfather's rural home for the city, where she will pursue her singing dreams.

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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 president. While we can’t write your essay for you, we can make sure that you...

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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 president. While we can’t write your essay for you, we can make sure that you understand the play’s context, purpose, and main ideas.

We know from when we first meet Veronica and she complains to her grandfather Buks that the village lacks “romance and adventure”; her mind is on grander things than singing in the church choir. We also know that her mother had run away to the city with Veronica’s father when she was about the same age as Veronica and died a year later giving birth to Veronica. Buks naturally fears the worst for Veronica and doesn’t want her to leave him, which sets the dramatic stakes of Veronica following her dreams early on and foreshadows the inevitable conflict of her needing to choose between them and her grandfather.

The Author has been challenging Veronica about the notion of dreaming too big, advising her that she ought to reconsider her daring hopes for a life more practical and predictable, but Veronica defends her commitment to her dreams and can’t be deterred. As Veronica is leaving, the Author tells her that he had only been testing her to see if she was truly ready for the sacrifice, and that as someone who understands the need to submit to one’s higher calling.

This is Fugard’s message with the play, that a new generation of South African artists and dreamers must take over for the previous and remake the country for the better.

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