Death, disease and heredity

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    • T never wavers from his conviction that moral as well as physical qualities can be inherited - inheritance seems to deny the individual of any possibility of self transformation
      • "All your father's irresponsible morals"
    • Dr Rank is surprisingly forgiving. The anger he feels is at the injustice of hereditary disease.
      • "gay subaltern life" "every single family must be suffering some cruel retribution"
    • When Rank talks to Nora about his love he uses the past tense suggesting his death
      • "loved you"
    • T and Rank use metaphor of corrupt behaviour as moral sickness
      • "Morally depraved"
    • T instructs N about lying mothers presumably reinforcing the work of hereditary - Rank talks about individuals to whom society should act with little compassion
      • "all juvenile delinquents come from homes where the mother is dishonest", "moral corruption"
    • K's redemption by Mrs Linde tells us the morally sick can be cured
      • "yet surely it's the sick who most need to be brought in"
    • There are startling graphic images of death in the play
      • "cold, clack water...bloated, hairless..." "rotting up there in the churchyard"


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