Excuses for Injustice in Freeman, Fruet, and Lill’s Plays


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Excuses for Injustice in Freeman, Fruet, and Lill's Plays
Freeman’s Creeps, Fruet’s Wedding in White, and Lill’s Sisters all depict doers of injustice who rely, either overtly or tacitly, upon different excuses for the injustices that they perpetrate. What is missing from each of the three plays is a character who is unapologetic about simply being unjust; this factor lends realism to the plays, as, in real life as well, people tend to justify the injustice that they do.
In Creeps, the fact that the main characters have cerebral palsy is what excuses their vile talk and behaviour. While Freeman does not address this theme directly, it seems at least plausible that the characters draw extra license from their physical conditions. After all,...
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.....d red herrings to divert attention from their own moral agency, and on to inanimate and abstract objects such as alcohol, religion, illness, and so forth. The fact is that, when we are stripped of such excuses, we must accept the fact that we alone are responsible for the evil that we do; this realization is so horrifying that, most of the time, we choose to soften it with ways to deflect our agency. It is this factor of Sisters, Creeps, and Wedding in White that renders them so realistic, for it is easy to recognise our own weaknesses in them.
Freeman, David. Creeps: A Play in One Act. New York: Samuel French, 1972.
Fruet, William. Wedding in White. Alberta: Dundurn Press, 1974.
Lill, Wendy. Sisters. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1991.