The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May, who is distressed by Eddie's frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to soften�but then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes, at times, physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent�they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation (they are half-brother and half-sister as well as lovers) is pointed out by the play's two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie's funniest yet most humiliating jokes; and a ghostly old man (perhaps their father) who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage, sipping whiskey and commenting wryly on what he observes. Eventually May and Eddie tire of their struggle and embrace�but it is evident that the respite is temporary and that their love, the curse of the past which haunts them, will remain forever damned and hopeless.
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Fool for Love (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Half the fun of this play is in the ending, so don't read spoilers beforehand! The relationship "Fool for Love" explores is such a fascinating one; distantly intimate, passionate, filled with love and hate and lust and all the things that make the world go around. Definitely read if you get a chance!