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Act 3, Scene one is mainly focused on Alf’s and Hughie’s hostilities however, It commences with an contention that is based on the continuous distribution of beliefs. ANZAC Day was officially designated as a day to recognize the efforts of those who fought for Australia and New Zealand in Gallipoli, and to commemorate those who lost their lives fighting for our country in 1915. Alf the husband and father is forever motivated by his enthusiasm to follow the tradition by celebrating ANZAC Day with going down to the local pub.

He perceives it as having a good time to celebrate by socializing and drinking till he no longer has the energy to even stand up and publicly embarrasses himself. Hughie is shamefully disappointed by not only how is father reacts and behaves on the day of this celebration but anyone. His perspective is that ANZAC Day is celebrated not literal whilst men making a drunken-displayed celebration out of the remembrance. As Hughie is in University he becomes more sophisticated and sees him-self more knowledgeable then his mother and father and is embarrassed by the way they perform.

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His upper-class girlfriend, Jan is also against the performance of how it is celebrated. She easily dominates Hughie by controlling him and influencing many of his opinions including making the decision of publishing an article with photos of his outlook on the day. The article basically states his judgments including ANZAC Day should basically become the past to forget the remembrance as it has lost the meaning by the interruption of making it a day to get ridiculously drunk.

When Alf discoverers that Hughie went forward and published the article he is heart broken but extremely furious which leads him no choice but to use violence, where he back-hands Hughie across his face for his disrespectful statement – ( “A screaming tribe of great, stupid, drunken no-hopers”, Pg 87). Dot is in the middle of the disagreement and it’s her role to keep the family in line by keeping the peace she is open minded to both sides of their opinionative attitudes.

Wacka is seen as the wise old man but of great advice especially his advice to Alf near the end where he states – (“Your boy’s growing up, you’ve got to face that. He’s got a right to think and say what he likes”, Pg95) he evidently is trying to convince Alf to accept Hughie’s values. Throughout Act three, Scene one the tension is expressed through the relationships between the characters, especially between Hughie’s and Alf’s row as it got everyone involved and causes an awkward tension for example it would be hard for Dot to communicate and see her Husband and Son split.

Tension of anger and surprise was also shown throughout the scene for example, Alf was extremely disappointment of how Hughie handled the situation by writing the article. It may have been Hughie’s task or role to purposely strive for some affection from his father by doing this he tried to get noticed and some attention. Despite the conflict and the continuous dispute it also led to a tension of violence, as Alf back-hands Hughie on page 87. I believe the Mood of the Atmosphere stayed the same throughout the scene as it was a conflicting mood between the tension between the two characters Alf and Hughie.

The mood is also found in the stage directions, after Hughie’s offensive statement about Anzac day that “it is for the no-hopers to get drunk”, Alf says “Hughie, I didn’t hear that, did i? you didn’t say that? ” in a quite voice meaning he was shocked and cant believe the words coming out of his mouth. Meaning his quite manner made the mood of Alf feel saddened to hear those words coming from his son. Despite the symbol and the meaning of the main event ANZAC Day as I have already addressed, the article out of the University’s newsletter is an important symbol as the article is the cause of all the conflict and tension between the characters.

There is also symbols of actions that have important meaning such as gestures, strong movement for example violence Alf hit Hughie is symbolized ferocity and anger. I believe Act 3, scene one is the highlight of the play and is the most important scene as it greatly expresses the different tensions, symbols and moods. There is not a dull moment through the scene as it is develops a dramatic climax that consists of Hughie’s and Alf’s distinct relationship.

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