A Man who wants to be an ordinary one.
This is the first play for me of new century. It is easy to think that illness and disability are responsible for every problem. I know it because I myself have an intractable illness and disability. Although I know that it's not truth, and I don't want to say so.
In this case of Matahei, it isn't easy to say that his speech impediment is the only reason of all problem of him. Matahei might have an artistic ability, but he can't prove it. Because he is an ordinary mediocrity man.
Matahei feels alone. He feels that he is discriminated. He can't find its reason except speech impediment. He makes himself isolate from society. His negative feelings accumulate in his deep mind like lava. When the young disciple Shurinosuke got the name of Tosa, Matahei has erupted.
When Matahei is refused to go rescue the princess, he thinks that he is discriminated. Shogen, Shurinosuke, even his wife. Matahei let his fist up, and he hits his wife. He couldn't find another target to hit, because the fist was clenched in order to hit himself.
Before, I couldn't understand why domestic violence had happened. After I watched this play, I knew it. Matahei needed the target to hit, because he couldn't hit himself. He found his wife to hit, because she was near him. After he hit his wife, any problem wasn't solved.
As I mentioned before, I know why domestic violence has happened. But it doesn't mean that I can accept domestic violence. The problem of domestic violence is the deepest problem of society like discrimination to disability.
Finally, Shogen approves of the last painting of Matahei. It doesn't relate to his speech impediment. It means Matahei didn't have artistic ability enough to get the name before.
He needs to be better than another ordinary persons, because he feels he isn't an ordinary man. So he wants the name of Tosa impatiently.
I think his misery isn't speech impediment. His misery is that he can't accept that he is an ordinary mediocrity man.