The Boy Comes Home by AA Milne, AA Milne, One Act Plays

The Boy Comes Home 

About Author | Alan Alexander Milne

Alan Alexander Milne( 1882-1956) was a British author. Milne was a well-renowned writer, primarily as a playwright, before the immense success of Poo overshadowed all his previous work. It won him worldwide fame. He came from a mediocre family in London. 

He got his early education from the public school run by his father, John Vince  Milne. He also came under the inspiring guidance of futuristic writer H.G Wells when he was in the school during 1889-1890. 

He attended Westminister school and then Trinity College, Cambridge where he also used to contribute to the school magazine, Granta. He was also commissioned as a lieutenant in the British Royal Army during WW1.

Milne began to write short stories when he was working as a sub-editor in a news agency. His literary contributions ranged from short stories to novels, plays to journalistic articles, etc. He also wrote poetry with great passion and of intrinsic value.

Characters of the Play

Philip

Philip is a 23 years old young man. His father has died and he comes to his guardian uncle James' home from the war-front after four years. He was an immature person before going to war. 

But now he is an experienced man the master of his own will. He gets up late at his uncle's house and violates all his uncle's rules and discipline. He thinks of himself as a mature person who learned a lot in the army.

Uncle James

Uncle James is an aged man. He is a strict person by nature. He specified a time schedule for dining and for every type of work. Everything is done on time. He considers Philip as an inexperienced person. That's why he decided to engage Philip in his business but Philip does not agree with him.

Aunt Emily

Emily is Philip's aunt. She is of a pleasant nature. She taj\kes very good care of his house and puts the things in a proper arrangement. 

Mrs. Higgins

Mrs. Higgins is an old woman. She is appointed as a cook in uncle James's house. Apparently, she is a strict woman but understands everyone and obeys the orders. 

Summary | The Boy Comes Home

The Boy Comes Home is a light comedy. The title of the play shows that a boy, Philip returns from France, at the end of the Second World War after fighting against Germany. Philip is about 23 years old when comes home to his guardian, uncle James house in England.

He is a mature boy and very much depressed after the second world war ended. He hates tough army life and now he wants to enjoy his life freely. He had served the army for four years. When he went to fight against Germany, he was an immature boy of nineteen.

He lacked confidence and courage. At that time he was unaware of the problems of practical life. His late father left for his large property but he could not acquire it until he reached the age of 25. After fighting against Germany, he had become a mature boy.

Moreover, he was free to do any work. So it was because of the effect of war that Philip had become a changed person. The generation gap is the major theme of the play. Uncle James is the representative of the old generation and Philip is the representative of the young generation.

Philip wants to think, work, and act according to his own will, while Uncle James has set some rules in his house. He does not like the rude and bad attitude of Philip. Philip demands his money that his father has left for him but his uncle does not give him until the age of 25 years.

Uncle James desires that Philip should join his business of join while Philip wants to be an architect. After the dream scene, Uncle James becomes a changed person. But, Uncle James and Philip develop a healthy relationship.

The greatest value with the new generation is freedom and independence. To maintain and guard freedom, the new generation has fought four years-long war. Hence they prefer freedom to all other values. The greatest value with the old generation is obedience and respect to elders.

Mr. James is a symbolic character who is uploading the old values and social traditions. The point emphasized by the author is that even good social values and traditions become taboos and a burden on society when blindly followed when sense is taken out of them. It is in fact a conflict between tradition and modernity that goes on side by side in all ages.

4 Comments

  1. What is meant by obedience?? Mam g

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  2. What is meant by westminister?? Mam g

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  3. Aoa mam hope so you are good
    Mam kindly can you help me
    Tell me the answer of this question plz..
    Q.why does the writer call the meeting with the poor people pleasant?

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  4. What is meant by westminister ?

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