Spring and Port Wine
Spring and Port Wine is a social drama which is written by Bill Naughton. Rafe changes from a
bully to a more caring father during the course of the play.
The timeline for the play is only a few days as the story takes place over a weekend. The family is
working class and is also very traditional. The story takes place as the family prepare for a sit down
meal. Everybody waits for Rafe to come home from work as he seen as the head of house they do
not start without him. The mother os the family, Daisy, prepares herring for dinner but Hilda who is
one of their daughters refuses to eat it. It then becomes a battle of wills and Rafe is then determined
to produce it at every meal until it is eaten. This then goes on for days.
As the play unfolds, we discover as the reader why Rafe behaves the way he does. When Rafe was
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While he is not overly stern or overbearing with his wife
and children, his are the standards by which the family still live by. He does not explicitly impose these
standards, but he makes no secret of them.
Rafe's motivation towards his family rules are very heavily based on his own background. When Rafe
was younger his mother did not deal with the housekeeping sufficiently. His father was a drunk. The family
rules were also based on the bible. During the play the bible is mentioned a few times such as "oh you swear
on the bible?" "swear solemly" "Now say, i swear by Almightly God".
Daisy, the mother of the family is seen completely different to Rafe. Daisy is much more understanding and I
think the children prefer to talk to their mother about more personal issues. Whenever Rafe is not around
everyone does as they wish and say how they feel but when Rafe is around everything has to run like clockwork.
Many different themes occur in Spring and Port Wine. The main ones that are touched on are Loyalty and Tradition.
The Crompton family are extremely traditional, this is because Rafe is seen as the "head of the house". Everyone
waits for him before the family sit down to endure a meal and he also runs everything to do with money in the house,
"Rafe has got an obsession about keeping accounts straight". All the children are very loyal to their mother and help
her out with things so she does not have to confront Rafe. Loyalty is also shown when Wilfred feeds the herirng to the
cat so Hilda doesn't have to eat it. The family learn quite a few lessons over the weekend, such as the father can still
be approached with personal issues. They also learn that there is a very good reason behind most of Rafe's rules.
During the course of Spring and Port Wine, Rafe changes from a bully to a much more caring and sensitive father.
This play shows a very good example that every family has their own problems. It was interesting to explore these
issues which occur in other people's lifes. It was a play which many people including myself can relate to very