Music, novels, painting, theatre...etc, are all connected in one way or another; they are all art forms. Art is a gift we have all been so graciously given, something we can all relate to on some level. Art has the power to uplift a sadden persons day, to raise the sun when the clouds are gray, and most of all, to change a persons mood, state of mind, and being.
In Michael Healey's 'The Drawer Boy', the reader experiences references to art being connected with Angus in many different situations: one observes throughout the play that Angus, who is impaired with memory loss, is repeatedly staring at a particular spot on the kitchen wall, and the reader learns the significance of this spot later on. Another instance where the reader may see a from of art being used, or intertwined with Angus, is with the false story Morgan imposes on Angus to try and help him regain his memory, seemingly their own story, but yet again the reader will see the truth revealed further on.
The final and most important example of art and Angus being connected is displayed once Angus watches his own life story being acted by others, which leads to the remarkable occurrence of Angus remembering his past.
Through the magic of art, which Healey reveals to the audience, one observes the amazing recovery of Angus's memory.
To illustrate that the spot where the architectural drawings used to hang, the spot at which Angus repeatedly stares throughout the play, is helpful in Angus's recovery, the stage director reveals an instance when Angus, in his mindless state, doesn't really know why he's drawn to the wall. Yet he always, unconsciously, stares at it. "ANGUS enters in his pajamas. He's...