Deep Azure Discussion
Deep Azure Discussion BY MollYMcDonald75 Discussion Paper #4 What was the symbolism behind the characters’ names in Deep Azure? Deep Azure: The title of the play, as well as the names of its two most significant characters. Deep, who has been killed prior to the start of the play, was Azure’s love. The two remaining major characters are Tone, Deep’s “right-hand man”, and Roshad, Deep’s “right rod”. Each name is symbolic to the nature of his or her character. “Deep” not only describes the intensity of his character, but it also symbolizes the depth of the story behind his death.
Azure”, as an adjective meaning a shade of blue, describes her character’s overall mental state. “Tone” is the character who set the occurrences of the play into motion, thus setting the tone of the play. Finally, “Roshad” is the only character whose name does not immediately stand out as symbolic; this in itself becomes symbolic as his character is found to be the only one naive to the truth.
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At the start of the play, the audience becomes aware that Deep has recently been killed by a police officer for no apparent reason. This mystery sets the stage for the remainder of the play.
When the audience is first introduced to Deep, they find him to be someone whom everyone could call a friend, thus leaving no rhyme or reason for his murder. In a flashback, we see that Deep had become religious after having a vision in a dream that called him to have faith, supposedly leaving behind a life of girls and drugs. In every flashback that we see, Deep is being “deep” in his conversations with Tone, Roshad and Azure. He talks about life and God and love similar to how a pastor would. We get the feeling that Deep is very thoughtful and introspective, at least in his “reborn” life as a Christian.
Prior to this found religion, things become more questionable to the audience. When reading back through the play, every part of Tone’s dialogue hinted that he was suffering from guilt, thus foreshadowing and setting the “tone” for the entire play. If an audience member paid close attention to Tone’s words, they mightVe guessed it was he from the beginning. Deep and Tone ran around together through college, so Tone knew the tendencies that Deep had with women prior to his religion. Deep and Azure had been dating for an extended amount of time, but Deep was unaware that Tone was actually in love with Azure too.
Tone describes himself as the “acute end” of the love-triangle; the odd piece out. He fell in love with Azure prior to what we see in the play, most likely in college when the three of them attended Mecca University. It was mentioned that when Deep and Azure “couldn’t talk” Tone was there for Azure. We get the impression rather early in the play that these two became closer during college than Deep and Roshad ever really knew, although these four were the core group of friends that always ran around together. Whatever relationship Azure and Tone had, it set the events of the play in motion when Tone decided to take action.
He claimed that it wasn’t to steal Azure; he Just couldn’t stand to see her suffer. He didn’t trust that Deep had truly changed “overnight” with religion. Whatever the truth, Tone led to his death. Tone also tries to direct Roshad and Azure to continue their lives peacefully, in some way as if he’s trying to replace Deep’s role as the “deep” and righteous thinker of the group. But his words lead both Roshad and Azure to think more deeply about the situation, finally leading to his own demise. Tone blamed Deep for Azure’s anorexia and bulimia, claiming that when she met Deep she was erfect; this was the reason Deep was killed.
Azure has been gradually losing weight since she met Deep, and we see that an irrational voice in her head is the driving force to her madness. Although Deep is introduced almost as a saint, it becomes questionable later in the play whether Deep was truly to blame for some of Azure’s madness. There is no doubt that Azure is mentally ill by the end of the play; she is very depressed, or “blue” as her name represents. She repeats the line, “what I want to do, I do not, but what I hate to do, I do”, symbolizing her mind’s twistedness.
When she began dating Deep, we find out that he was messing around on her. It seems that Azure is so self-conscious that she would hardly allow Deep to touch her, and she therefore blames herself for his cheating. She says that Deep’s eyes became her mirror; that she could see the body he lusted for in his eyes. Her dialogue suggests that she let his cheating drive her sickness, but we do not know how severe this sickness was before she met Deep, or if he was the ultimate cause. In the end, Azure’s “blue” demeanor is behind Tone’s betrayal of his best friend.
The depth of er sadness, or the “deep azure” of her emotions, changes the lives of she, Deep, Tone and Roshad forever. From the first act, Roshad appears to be the only one to be truly set on getting revenge for Deep’s death. Azure wants indictment of Officer Smith, but that has more to do with relieving her of self-blame than it does with Officer Smith. Tone acts upset but interestingly doesn’t push for an investigation or display a desire for vengeance on Officer Smith. Roshad mourns the death of his friend with liquor and raps, but genuinely speaks from his heart when he does speak o the other characters.
By the end we find out that Roshad honestly had no idea of Tone’s love for Azure, or the depth of Azure’s sickness. He honestly didn’t seem to think of Azure as more than Deep’s girlfriend, while we saw that Tone felt a much deeper connection with her. But Roshad was blind to Tone’s hints about being in love with an unattainable woman. He trusted that he, Tone and Deep were truly on the same page, with no other agendas or secrets. Azure was off-limits to him because she was Deep’s girlfriend, and it’s obvious that he never considered thinking of her in nother way.
In the end, Roshad loved Deep and that was his driving force. With no obvious symbolism accompanying his character’s name, Roshad represents the pure, true heart in this play. Although Roshad chooses to seek violence rather than follow what Deep would have him do, his intentions were pure. He felt that Deep’s death was unjust, and he was the only character who displayed selflessness and sacrifice for his friend’s memory. In the end, it is finally revealed that Tone was behind Officer Smith’s inquiry about Deep in the first place, and he was thus the reason for Deep’s eath.
Tone had requested this so that he could prove Deep’s true character to Azure. Prior to the end of the play it seemed that this was a one-sided affair between Tone and Azure. However, Azure’s inability to do what she feels is right implies otherwise in the closing scene. This suggestion “deepens” the plot a little more, Roshad had nothing to do with anything leading up to the events that unfolded in Deep Azure. Deep’s character made the plot “deep” because he was the character that bound Azure, Tone and Roshad together. That made Deep responsible for the complexity of the story.
His character was a “deep” thinker as well, providing a philosophical side to every story. Tone’s guilt leaked through his dialogue and his actions (although unseen to the audience) made his character the catalyst for this play; he set the tone, as his name implies. Azure is often the color referenced as that of a “clear, blue sky’. Aside from her character’s depression or “blue” essence, this also ties into the name of the play. Deep Azure, or “deep blue” both symbolizes the depth of Azure’s despair and describes the connection of this despair with Deep’s character.