• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss and analyze the dramatic impact you feel the setting of the two selected plays has upon characters and audiences

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss and analyze the dramatic impact you feel the setting of the two selected plays has upon characters and audiences. How far would you agree that ' The Accrington Pals' by Peter Whelan is far more believable portrayal of working class society of that time than the representation of the middle and upper class presented in the dugout in 'Journeys End' by R.C. Sheriff? Journeys End is a play in which is set in 1918 in a dugout in St Quentin when war was coming to an end. It was then performed in 1928 when people seemed to be ready for a change in society. The play was based on real experiences from R.C Sheriffs perspective, as he was an officer in World War One thus we can understand his portrayal of the horrors of war. While in Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan it focuses on the effects of the war that it has on women and the two different ideologies one being entrepreneurial and socialism. ...read more.

Middle

On the other hand Accrington Pals describes the great opportunities woman had when the men went off to the war unlike back in the Victorian Era women were not allowed to own a bank account, but in 1918 women gained the vote. The play has two different perspectives one being business, entrepreneur and the other being socialism. In the 1980s Margret Thatcher supported the Entrepreneur ideas how people should move on with their lives and try and achieve. The two main characters are May Hassle who believes she should work and aim high where as Tom Hassle believes that he should go to war. Journeys End has a static setting and is set over a period of 5 days. The reason for this is that the characters are waiting upon attack; therefore it becomes more stressful and tense as if it were to be set over a period of months the audience would loose interest and characters would be expected to die. ...read more.

Conclusion

The plays two main characters are Raleigh and Stanhope. These both have a past together; they both come from upper class backgrounds and have been provided with an education. Journeys end is set in a dugout. A dugout is a place where officers come off duty to sleep and eat. We can tell that the representation of the working class will not be portrayed due to the fact of its setting, but R.C Sherriff included two characters called Trotter and Mason who are both from working class backgrounds. Whereas in Accrington Pals explores the way working class woman coped during the war and how this gained them opportunities such as jobs and the right to vote. Accrington is a real place but the story is fiction therefore it's a far more believable portrayal of the working class society as women had to say goodbye to their loved ones who volunteered their services to their beloved country but their own experiences are contrasted with the women who are left behind who have been thrown into these rapid social changes. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    He knows that they would never have dropped such a bomb on a white country. Alm�sy entreats Kip to pull the trigger, to help him end his life, but Kip cannot. He puts the gun down, but a wall of silence has been constructed between him and the white people in the villa.

  2. Free essay

    Coleridge states that Iago is a being next to the devil driven by motiveless ...

    Hero and Claudio's romantic story is the main focus, where Don John plots against them. At the peak of disaster, the comical love story of Beatrice and Benedick is introduced and eventually, Don John and his companions are caught in their evil scheme, and there is a happy ending to the drama.

  1. Analyse the ways in which Shakespeare uses dramatic conventions in his plays and why ...

    Pedro and Claudio are speaking and they know that Benedick is listening: "Bait the hook well, this fish will bite" this makes it so obvious to the audience that they are deceiving Benedick. The audience also know that the eavesdropping is obvious and that Benedick is so in love that he does not realise.

  2. Wuthering Heights Setting

    the arrival of Heathcliff "relieved" Mr. Lockwood momentarily, yet soon he became uneased by Heathcliff's presence. A Marxist critic would see the settings as a statement against the social class boundaries, with Thrushcross representing the higher class, and Wuthering Heights representing the less fortunate working class.

  1. Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale, and John Fowles The French Lieutenants Woman are both ...

    describes herself to have become "as drunk as a foetus" expressing how powerless she has become. Both Atwood and Fowles present ideas of a deeply oppressive and controlling society and government. In 'The Handmaid's Tale' a significant example of the state's desire to control every aspect of life is the headdress that the handmaids have to wear.

  2. The impact of the physical journey

    Rick, and then later by the storm catalyst, Coral learns to symbolically walk again. She accepts that there is life in death and recovers. This is shown to the other characters through the play-within-a-play technique used by Gow of "Stranger on the Shore."

  1. The Development And Impact Of Romanricism On The Eupropean World.

    Wordsworth's "Preface" to the second edition (1800) of Lyrical Ballads, in which he describes poetry as " the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," became the manifesto of the English Romantic Movement in poetry. (Thompson, E.P. Pgs 33-34) The first phase of Romantic Movement was in Germany, which was marked by

  2. William Shakespeare examined ideas that contributed to the development of modern society, while engaging ...

    Soliloquies are used as direct connections between character and audience. To give an insight on the characters true intentions. Although Shakespeare generally wrote in iambic pentameter, an extract from Prince Hamlet?s soliloquy demonstrates an ability to synthesise poetic techniques.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work