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I have chosen to analyse the beginning of the first episode in the first series of the 80's TV comedy 'The Young Ones'. This particular text appeals to me because it is important in how it introduces the characters,

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Introduction

Analysis of Transcript - Young Ones Introduction: I have chosen to analyse the beginning of the first episode in the first series of the 80's TV comedy 'The Young Ones'. This particular text appeals to me because it is important in how it introduces the characters, as this is the first time the audience ever meet them. Relative Status: Rick and Neil are both students living in the same house; therefore their status should be equal though both are striving for dominance. Rick is defiantly the more dominant of the two, due to his extrovert personality. Both characters are self-centred, for instance, at the beginning of the scene; Neil delivers a monologue where he talks about himself a lot. However when Rick enters the scene, Neil's control is taken away from him, as Rick immediately becomes the more dominant speaker. Rick too has an air of self-importance as he is very selfish and always wants the attention on him. For instance, when Neil says goodbye to Rick because he is about to commit suicide, Rick shuns him and simply replies 'Yes, g'bye' as if dismissing his life. Rick asks a lot of interrogatives such as "Why don't you listen to me?" and "d'you find me boring or something?" ...read more.

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The repetition of 'Or are you Cliff?' at the end is a feature used to create a lasting meaning with the poems audience, however this poem is more of a parody and is not meant to be serious or profound to anybody but Rick. The repetition of 'I might...' when Rick talks about what may happen to him as a result of his poem being published, highlights how the poem clearly means a lot to Rick as he hopes and believes the poem may actually be influential to society. Non-fluency can be found throughout the text such as 'Um, uh...' but are limited as this is a scripted TV comedy. When they are used, they are used for dramatic and comic effect because they are said by Neil who is put in a vulnerable position due to his being provoked, and also to add realism. The amount of non-fluency is also dependent on the topic, which, although written to represent an informal 'spontaneous' speech, lacks the unpredictability and randomness of a spontaneous conversation, and is generally far more structured than an informal conversation. Rhetorical Features: Neil often talks to himself, for example "Weird, eh?" and "No room at all eh?" Such examples of rhetorical questions are commonly found throughout the transcript. ...read more.

Conclusion

the rising tone is a typical feature of Rick's speech, especially when he is trying to make a point. This may be because he has a lot of character to his voice and believes what he says is highly important. Neil's speech is usually a falling tone, even if he is annoyed, which is stereotypical of the 'hippy' he is supposed to be. As he doesn't seem fazed by all that happens. Even when Neil is angry, his tone remains quite placid. For instance, in lines 17 to 12 where Neil expresses his distaste that the other housemates didn't eat the meal he cooked, he is clearly angry but not in an irate, hysterical way, which Rick might portray if he was in the same situation as Neil. The pitch often alters, usually to express meaning, such as in line 50, where the stress of the word 'Look' emphasises the perceived banality of saucers. Words are often stressed in order to create importance, e.g. in line 36 where Rick says "Bad for society when the kids start getting into it". From line 32 onwards, Rick's voice becomes naturally quieter. This may be to make the speech more poetic. When Rick is accusing Neil of ignoring him in line 49, his speech gets much quicker and becomes erratic. Word count: 1,346 ...read more.

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