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Commentary: Different?

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  • Submitted: 05/01/2004
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AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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Commentary: Different?

The text is a monologue and inspired by two other kinds of texts. Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" and (to a lesser extent) a text I discovered by Carol Ann Duffy called Comprehensive. It is present in the AQA English Language and Literature Anthology for 2003, 2004, 2005.

The purpose of the text is as a means of entertaining an audience of a younger age (possibly in between the ages of 12-18) that are aware of the groups of people concerned (who are usually teenagers themselves) and also of their colloquialisms. This targets mostly those who are affected or annoyed by these types of people within their daily lives. (People in the Birmingham area of this age are more likely to understand the dialect). A person that fits into this category should hopefully find that the text is true to real life, and also quite amusing.

The piece begins as one of Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" would. As his works were written with the assumption that they would be visual for a watching audience as well as just for a listening audience, he wrote, what could be referred to as stage directions

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