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Not So Different: Theater
  • Cyrano de Bergerac: Throught Act I and II, Jerkass Woobie, Renaissance Man Cyrano seemed radically different from Giftedly Bad, Butt Monkey Raguenau. But after Raguenau’s Establishing Character Moment at Act II Scene IV, when he reveals he is perfectly conscientious of being a Fan Dumb White Knight with his friends, the poets, but doesn’t care of the consequences because he is getting what he wants of them, Cyrano (whom in Act I has spent all his monthly pension paying for the tickets of the play he interrupted) recognizes an equal:
    Cyrano (clapping him on the shoulder): Friend, I like you right well!...
  • 1776:
    • Edward Rutledge makes this clear to Jefferson and the North when they support an anti-slavery clause to the Declaration of Independence. First of all, Jefferson was also a slaveowner and second, most slave ships were captained by New Englanders. Rutledge describes exactly how the Triangle Trade moves in "Molasses to Rum" and then acts out a slave auction.
    • In a more positive example, John Adams and the chief opponent of independence, John Dickinson. After spending the whole play fighting Adams and seemingly concerned more with material and financial reasons not to rebel, Dickinson finally stands alone against independence. He refuses to sign the Declaration out of conscience because he genuinely thinks it's the wrong path for the country, but because he wants to protect America even in a war that seems hopeless, he leaves Congress and joins the Army. (This is sort of how it actually happened.)
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