'Belonging begins with relationships'
In the play Rainbows end by Jane Harrison, we are able to explore this idea that belonging begins with relationships very closely through the characters. In this critical analysis of the play the character in particular Dolly will be explored.
Dolly is a young teenage girl who initially feels different because of her aboriginality and poverty. Living with her mother Gladys who wants to be part of the white society, and Nan dear that avoids being a part of anything that involves white Australians she is constantly confronted by conflicting of values. Throughout the play we discover the changing of her belonging in two different sequences, and it is through the relationships with other characters that enables Dolly to find her belonging.
A sense of Dolly's initial belonging is presented through the stage directions 'an instant spark of attraction passing between them'. It was usual for a white man to have sparks with a white women but these stage directions suggest sparks between Dolly, an aboriginal girl and Errol, a white boy. The stage directions allow the audience to capture this idea of Dolly's belonging being within her aboriginal culture. The stage directions also present this physical attraction to one another, but due their cultural differences this relationship is just superficial.
As the play goes on Dolly and Errols relationship as friends continues despite their differences. The initial barrier of conflicting of values still exists. The imperative language “you go the way I told ya”, Errol reminds Dolly through his pejorative tone of the reasons why they are separated and the congregation between the white and black world. Which highlights this idea that two people of different races will never be able to belong and that this relationship cannot work.
Dolly is reminded through this relationship with Errol that she doesnt not belong in white society she belongs within her Aboriginal culture. Dolly's...