Cloud Nine is an inventive, surrealistic and entertaining look at sexual repression and sexual role conditioning. The first act takes place in Victorian Africa, suggeting the parallel between colonial and sexual repression. Clive, the whtie man, imposes his ideals on his family and the... read more
“But if there isn't a right way to do things you have to invent one.”With this quote, in Act II, Scene four, Betty indicates a new understanding of her place in the world.
“You can't separate f...ng and economics.”Victoria utters these words in Act II, Scene three, summing up Churchill's argument that sex has strong connections to broader, historical trends.
“God knows I do everything I can to make you stand on your own two feet. Just be yourself. You don't seem to realize how insulting it is to me that you can't get yourself together.”This statement, made by Martin to Victoria in Act II, Scene two, represents a more modern form of oppression.
“We must resist this dark female lust, Betty, or it will swallow us up.”This quote, also in Act I, Scene three echoes Clive's earlier comment that he fears Africa "swallowing" him up.
“You should always respect and love me, Edward, not for myself, I may not deserve it, but as I respected and loved my own father, because he was my father. Through our father we love our Queen and our God.”This quote, from Clive in Act I, Scene three illustrates Clive's mindless acceptance of history and tradition.
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