During my reading of How I Learned to Drive, I was surprised by ...
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... comes from the moral ambiguity and the structural discontinuity of the play, which makes me uncomfortable, as I prefer rigid structures and discernible moral conflict in texts. Overall, I liked How I Learned to Drive and it does touch on some big issues in everyday life (how moral areas are not always black and white and how not everyone’s life turns out perfect) but there were some things in the play that hurt my appreciation for it.
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