Explain why the play "on the face of it" although ending tragically leave
leaves one with the sense of hope
(6 marks)

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The ending is quite dramatic and stage worthy. The old man with the ladder under him is a Christ-like figure. It is an unhappy ending but it does not spread gloom. Rather, it acts like a beacon light. The old generation has handed over the charge to the younger one. The old man has handed over his philosophy of life to Derry and inspired him to find out what he wants to be. Thus, though the old man expires physically, his ideas inspire Derry to pursue higher goals and achieve them. In this sense, the ending is quite effective and meaningful.

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