Cosi Essay

By acting out a character role in the play within the play each character is able to discover and reveal unexpected, unusual, or even unrealised qualities in themselves. The play Cosi Fan Tutte has helped the patients to ‘come out of their shells’ and has developed them all and appointed them in the right direction into leaving the asylum. The play Cosi Fan Tutte had a positive experience by being out of the ward it helped them get their minds off of things and made them do something worth doing. Ruth, Henry and Julie all benefit and find confidence in themselves and do come out of their shells as the play goes on.

Ruth starts off as a quiet and shy and has trouble releasing the difference between reality and illusion “but as I said before. I can’t handle something being an illusion or real but not at the same time”. Ruth starts to understand the difference between reality and illusion as she is able to "pretend" as the play goes on. Ruth discovers more confidence in herself through playing Dorabella. Ruth became interested in the play and by being out of the ward it took her mind off things and brings her out of her comfort zone.   Ruth ends up leaving the institution to become a time and motion expert. The Play Cosi Fan Tutte motivated Ruth and made her realise more about herself and helped her to be successful by bringing her out of her shell.

At the beginning of Cosi, Henry is very quiet. He barely speaks and seems to be under some influence by Roy, another patient. This is evident on page 8, where Henry gets up to leave after hearing what play Roy wants to perform, showing his disapproval. Roy instantly yells, Henry! and Henry obediently sits back down. Another example of this is on page 27, after Henry refuses to speak his part. Lewis tries to tell him that he must want to do the play, because he is at the rehearsal. Henrys response was, Hhhhhee made me dddddo it., showing how submissive Henry is. This changes though later on in the play. Nick comes in...