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What's happening in the news right now is perfect for a discussion on dominance and submission. The Missouri Miracle. What kind of mental power did Michael Devlin have over this young boy who stayed with him for four years? What kind of manipulation does it take? Why do victims sympathize with their victimizer?
I have written a play that is to be read in my playwrights lab next week. Originally, I wrote this story in short-story format, but realized that the dialogue and setting was most important, therefore it was best suited for visual production. The play is called "The Motel Room" and it is about two lonesome drifters who come together, when the male character decides to pay a prostitute 10,000 dollars to spend the night with him before he kills himself. When writing this story I decided to make these characters initially unlikeable. They are both severely messed up with troubled lives, but through their flaws and wounds they learn to love each other.
Dominance and submission is an on-going motif in the play. Daphne comes across as weak and stupid at first, while Jeremy takes total control of the situation and tends to overpower her with his confidance and intelligence. There's a sex scene that further exemplifies their positions, but in the end it turns out that it is Daphne who is the strongest, as she does not fear love and has the will to live or die for it. Thus, it is Daphne who is the strength of the story and it is she who controls the outcome. In essence, she is the dominant force by being the submissive.
Does anyone know of any other plays, movies, literature, or creative works that use dom/sub as a motif?
Why I created this community...
I began this community to gain better knowledge on a subject that has always been fascinating to me. It is a multi-dimensional, rarely discussed, yet significant part of human culture, particulary in a country that thrives off of corporate power hunger.( Read more...Collapse )