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In the beginning,
the theatrical performance “Frozen” creates the impression that it is a
realistic project because it has a specific and serious theme of child abuse,
rape and murder. But when we read the text we noticed that it was not as
realistic as we thought because it also has an emphasis on an emotional truth that
misrepresents the philosophy of realism.

In the first place, the term realism aims to an accurate depiction of
life forms, the faithful representation of reality as it is based on the objective
reality. It succeeds in directing the attention to the social and psychological
issues of everyday life, as well as in presenting the simplicity and weaknesses
of the people as we would see them from our own eyes.

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The biggest part of the “Frozen” is realistic, in the sense that it is a
faithful representation of reality. The subject of the project is kidnapping,
sexual abuse, and murder of little girls. The subject alone gives the impression
that it is a realistic text because kidnapping is one of the main problems of
society. The psychologist, one of the major characters, based on studies
informs the readers about the enormous number of children who are kidnapped
every year. The excessive number of missing children, which is growing more and
more every year, creates the feeling that this is a serious problem for society.

As regards the characters, Ralph, one of the protagonists of the text,
is the one who abuses and finally kills little girls. Another protagonist is
Nancy, the mother of a victim who, through everyday realistic scenes, makes us
see her pain, her anger towards Ralph, and her wish for revenge. Finally, Agnetha,
Ralph’s psychiatrist, makes a speech based on studies and research.

Without any doubt, Agnetha is the one that enriches with her speech
realism as it is based on studies and statistics. She appears with a lecture at
a university and talks about “Serial
Killing, a Forgivable Act”. She presents a psychiatric and neurological
study of the brain of the criminals, using evidence from circumstances she has
studied over years, to show what can happen to human hypostasis to make some
people seem absurd.

Then, she appears with another test, a data test of familiar objects, a
language richness test that requires from the person to deal with a situation
where does not exist rules, where he has to improvise and make associations that
he has not done before. On the basis of the results, the normal is to say
around in 14 words and whoever says fewer than 9 words has a problem. Based on
this study and other studies, Agnetha makes a number of tests on Ralph and
finally shows that Ralph has a problem.

Another element that makes the text realistic is the parenthesis. A text
that has only description and dialogue is not enough to describe what exactly
is happening at the moment. So in the text Frozen, parentheses apart from elucidating,
clarifying, supplementing, and analyzing what the author has said, also give additional
data on what the characters are doing at that moment, describing their
movements and also depending on their psychic disposition. For example, when
Nancy learns that her daughter died years ago, while she imagined her alive, a
terrible storm breaks out. Only this metaphor describes her feelings and pain that
it is enough and realistic to show how much grief she has.

On the other hand, despite the fact that the text is based on studies
and has elements of realism, it also has inner truth and feelings that distort
the philosophy of realism. The story begins with monologues, so as to clarify
the position of each character. Then through monologue, each protagonist
presents the story from his own perspective, as it becomes clear that there are
differences in their prospects.

Beginning with the psychiatrist Agnetha, at the beginning she appears as a dynamic and experienced psychiatrist
who has learned to examine serial killers in a clever way. But the same is not
true in her life because she has depression and anger to her beloved. During
the examination with Ralph, she does a smart and faithful speech. She seemed that
she was trying to understand him. When Mrs. Nancy wanted to see Ralph, because
she wanted to forgive him in order to continue her life, Agnetha did not allow
it with the sense that she wanted to protect both. But the truth is that Agnetha
wanted to protect Ralph, she did not accuse him as much as Nancy did.

Moreover, Ralph, the misogynist and the pedophile has psychological
injuries from childhood. Baby-beaten by his mother and sexually abused by his
authoritarian father he ended up to become a man full of hatred against women. When
he talked alone he claimed that Rona also wanted him because she answered him
and finally she went to his van with her own will. He pretends that he has not
any fault. His hatred of women turned him into a brutal man. He had raped and
killed seven little girls without ever feeling any regret or compunction. By
swearing to women he felt that he was superior and stronger. Before he felt
remorse for what he did all those years, he accused of everything the female
nature. His hatred was so great and he believed that he was doing something
good by killing little girls. The psychological elements have to do with the
particular care of the author to present us the psychological fluctuations of
the character, the intense emotional state that leads him to the

rape and murder of seven little girls, but also his overall psychological
course that will consolidate his murderous activity.

Finally, the only character of the story who really suffered is Nancy. She
lost her child. For many years she persuaded herself that her daughter is alive.
When she learned that someone raped and killed Rona, she did not want to
believe. She could not accept that Rona is dead, even when she saw her bones. Through
twenty years she became a strong woman. In the beginning, she seemed fragile,
struggling to accept her daughter’s death, and wanted to kill Ralph. She felt
hatred, anger, and pain. She wanted revenge, she wanted to kill him herself. She
wanted him to suffer. But her life did not continue with that way, so with Ingrid’s
help, she managed to forgive him. She tried to understand why Ralph did
this.

It is obvious that the realism beyond of the fact that presents the
things as they are, it also functions as a form of social critique. In the text
“Frozen” the author introduces the issue of kidnapping of young girls in a correct
way, based on studies and statistical data, which undoubtedly make the text
realistic. On the other hand, it is given to the protagonists the opportunity
to present each of them the facts on it is own sides. So the reader learns how
the mother of the victim feels and how the murder feels himself. Pedophilia is
not accepted in society. This is also apparent from the reactions of the people
against Ralph. When he was in prison he was threatened. He gained a big hatred of
people that wanted to kill him. At the same time, the victim’s family wanted
revenge. Finally, a neutral person that dominates is the psychiatrist who through
her research shows that the most murders become murder as a result of child
abuse.

“Frozen” a play about crime, rape and pedophilia presents in a very
realistic way a major and serious problem of society based on studies. In a
realistic text, the reader easily recognizes and identifies the heroes’ living
conditions and experiences. Also the writer’s tendency toward objectivity, the
presentation of reality as it is, without his own interventions that might
affect the views of the reader. Realism is an element that brings us to the
writer’s intention to let events speak for themselves. In the context of
realism, the author portrays the events, without making them beautiful and
without commenting them, so that the reader will end up being unaffected by his
own conclusions. It is also a play about pain, revenge and forgiveness, which
the dominant element are feelings.  Emotions
and inner thought are linked to the elements of realism, but the text does not
remain completely realistic. The realism is distorted when each character
presents the things on its own side. 

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