One of Hannie Rayson's main concerns in her play Hotel Sorrento is the characters' need to face the truth about themselves and the past. This issue is present throughout the play and is weaved into the themes of loyalty versus truth and the intimate bond between sisters to reinforce the powerful link between literature and real life. Rayson also looks deeply at the nature of Australian identity, the relationship between cultural identity and
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the relationship between cultural identity and literature, the power of art to transform and the characters' need to face the truth about themselves and the past. The themes are intertwined to bring the characters and events to life, with the use of problems and dilemmas that the 'ordinary' Australian can relate too. None of the themes stand alone in importance and all build on each other to develop a play "Of great poignancy and reverberation."