For instance, Betty is initially presented as a submissive wife but later she turns out to be cheating on her husband. Additionally, Clive is portrayed as responsible husband as expected by the traditional society but turns out to be cheating on his wife, this is only common in the modern society. Traditionalism is further washed down by men taking roles of women. For instance, son Edward being a model and having sexual relationship with another man, Harry. Therefore, it can be said that Act I depicts the importance of traditional society despite its deteriorating manner.
This Act shows the total destruction of the society. For instance, Churchill is no longer naïve with his actions and he plays them openly and with confidence as they are normal things (Churchill 49). In this act, the society thinks that accepting and embracing changes or breaking from the tradition would make the world utopian paradise. In a mix of everything, Act II depicts that despites the changes in the traditional, people will still be there for each other. For instance, Gerry still treats his love as expected by the traditional society or the same way Edward treated his love in Act I (Churchill, 53).
Moreover, the people in Act II are seen to be questioning the traditional roles. They now consider them as oppressive. In Act I, Edward is scorned by the father in the same way he is scorned by the wife in Act II. Edward is scorned because he is regarded as a traditional feminist. Edward is gay, a trait that is relatively accepted socially in the 20th century, which is the setting of Act II (Churchill 57). The partially embraced traditional feminine quality in Act II by men is somewhat ridiculed. These character traits others show that ditching tradition has placed the society on a cross road since not everyone accepts the changes of gender or traditional roles in the society.
Act II seems to analyze the