The Road To Mecca by Athol Fugard - LITERARY ANALYSIS
Athol Fugard’s play The Road to Mecca takes us on the unique spiritual journey of Miss Helen, an elderly widow who is facing the loss of her independence. Helen has retreated from her conservative surroundings and spent 15 years creating an imaginary Mecca in her garden, transforming her home into a bright, colourful temple. Helen found purpose and meaning in her Mecca and now the town council is urging her to move into a retirement home. She has descended into a deep depression at the possibility of living in a small apartment without her beloved ornaments. In this essay, I discuss what Mecca represents to Helen: a symbol of freedom, of artistic expression, and finally, Mecca as an emblem for a spiritual journey.