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  1. How does Hare convey the changes in Gerard McKinnon 's state of mind during the course of the play?

    ? But the emphasis is on McKinnon.? The whole company is lit to show the power of the law, and then changing it to concentrate on Gerard in the midst of it all, is delicately done by Hare to represent him as the victim. Hare uses the dramatic device of a stream of conciseness in order for the audience to gauge his innermost thoughts. The repetition of the phrase ? Its coming, It?s coming?, shows Gerard?s anticipation for outcome. The long sentences with many caesuras and hyphens breaking them up suggest that his fear is overwhelming him; it also indicates his panic stricken mind.

    • Word count: 1054
  2. How is the prison service presented in scene 6 and other parts of "Murmuring Judges" by David Hare?

    The corruption is rooted too deep for any sort of reform, however much people try. Financing in prison during the 1980s was kept low despite the growing number of prisoners during that period of Margaret Thatcher?s conservative government. During the 1980s, there were 51 criminal trials, public enquiry proved the most searching examination of penal policy, which shows that the police may have searched people just for the sake of it. Beckett knows that the idealists within the prison service are not practical enough; therefore he also knows that the problems are too big to repair.

    • Word count: 835
  3. Examine how Shaffer's use of stagecraft contributes to the themes and ideas of The Royal Hunt of the Sun

    Christianity is clearly and strictly against violence, yet the symbol of Christianity is somewhat associated with a weapon ? ?sword[s]?. The unusual combination of the two themes foreshadows the future conflicting ideas to the audience. This is only one of the examples where Shaffer conceals a theme in a prop. In scene 2, an ?immense wooden Christ? is ?b[orne]? by Valverde the priest. This perhaps suggests the importance of religion at the time, and that it is a major theme in the oncoming play.

    • Word count: 1348
  4. The Representation of Post-war Britain in "Look Back in Anger".

    Jimmy is smoking a pipe and reading a paper while Alison is ironing. These represent the way in which both of the characters have attempted to fit into societal roles and expectations that have both made them miserable and angry. ?[Alison] is turned in a different key, a key of well-bred malaise that is often drowned in the robust orchestration of the other two.? By using the word ?malaise?, Osborne suggests that Alison?s life did not turn out the way she had hoped. The setting of the play is symbolic of 1950s domesticity.

    • Word count: 1037
  5. What conflicts and tensions arise in Act 1 of 'Arcadia'?

    Her question is prompted by Septimus himself who was found having sex with Mrs. Chater in the gazebo the day before. Thomasina describes Cleopatra as making ?noodles of our sex? because she was weakened by love and laments the loss of knowledge in the great library of Alexandria as a result of her sexual desire. Thomasina heralds Queen Elizabeth who would not have been tempted by love to give away land or power. Hannah is, like Thomasina's Queen Elizabeth, unswayed by romantic passions. She believes, as does Thomasina, that romantic inclinations would destroy or distract her from her work.

    • Word count: 883
  6. Scene by scene analysis of "Equus"

    What is this boy about? (Act 01 ? Scene 03) The third scene of act one shows that Alan is a very introvert person who doesn?t show any interests and doesn?t want other persons to know anything about him. The fact that he doesn?t react when Dysart speaks to him reveals that he doesn?t want to talk about himself. Inside of himself, Alan seems to be a little boy because he starts to sing commercial songs instead of answering the questions of Dysart.

    • Word count: 6825
  7. In The Silver Tassie. How does OCasey use the structure of his play in a powerful way?

    Harry is shown as a hero as he won a football match on his last day before leaving for the war, he has a positive status as when he was ?carrying? On their shoulders? and everyone was standing ?Up?Up? the repetition shows that everyone is respecting him and they are excited and feeling happy about the victory. Harry is also being shown as ?healthy stomach, lusty limbs? which emphasize that he is good looking and strong, the audience like him as he is being shown as the hero of that specific event ?The picture..

    • Word count: 784
  8. How important is context to our understanding of Churchill's Top Girls?

    Thatcher was known to break the power of the unions, as she promised that when she will be elected and she was. Churchill?s success started to grow in the 1980s and it was sudden appearance and shock to society of a woman being a playwright during this period. ?Between 1959 and 1980 only 8% of the plays produced at the Royal Court were by women and most of these were by Caryl Churchill.? The context of Top Girls is feminism too, which occurred from the period in the 1970s when the focus on the unpaid labor women did around home began.

    • Word count: 645
  9. The Presentation of the Legal Establishment in "Murmuring Judges" by David Hare.

    on BBC Radio 4, which is a radio station with a target audience of middle-class white adults with the dry, typically ?British? sense of humour. This is reflected in the dramatic techniques used when, nearing the end of the scene, it says ?Sir Peter is on familiar ground? as the couple are discussing how much money he has raised (through Irina, of course, though he would never admit this as she is female, and in this stereotypical pecking order; men come before females and therefore have to ?be the best? and ?do the best? and ?earn the most money?.)

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  10. The play Cosi, written by Louis Nowra, supports the assumption that certain members of society find it hard to deal with mentally ill people

    Cosi portrays the sense he confusion and lack of knowledge people had towards mentally ill patients. This is clearly shown through the character Justin. As a social worker it was his job to care for the mentally ill. However, even he was unsure on what exactly he should be doing to treat the patients or how he should interact with them. Due to an absence of knowledge in the patients ?extraordinary? personality he did not have a very consistent approach to dealing with them. Therefore, Justin continuously set up little ?projects ?for the patients in order to ?keep them interested?.

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  11. Comment on Sherriff's presentation of Stanhope in the first two acts of Journey's End.

    the front, as even Osborne admits his ?nerves have got battered to bits? (unlike Hardy, he sees this as an understandable consequence of years of service). Despite being defended by Osborne, Stanhope is clearly a troubled character; Sherriff uses this discussion to build anticipation in the audience for Stanhope?s first appearance. Though the audience gets a few details of Stanhope?s character during the play?s first scene, through the arrival of the new officer Raleigh Sherriff provides more insight into Stanhope?s back-story and further builds the tension preceding his arrival.

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  12. Discuss David Hare's presentation of the prison system in the in the extract and elsewhere in the play.

    It is only through Irina that Gerard understands the hope in an appeal. Hare also contrasts the grand sets of the lawyers against the bleak settings of Gerard?s prison. Similar to most of the penal system, Hare portrays the prisons to be incredibly archaic describing it as ?Victorian?. The old fashioned prison suggests it is out of date to cater to the needs of the prisoners. The unsanitary living conditions suggest the prisoners are undervalued. Hare reinforces the separation of criminals and the public by the treatment of Gerard in Act 1 Scene 4.Where he is stripped and left standing ?in the middle of the area, covering his nakedness? humiliated.

    • Word count: 644
  13. How Does John Osborne use Humour at the Beginning of 'Look Back In Anger'?

    ?God, how I hate Sundays! It?s always so depressing, always the same. We never seem to get ant further, do we? Always the same ritual.? Jimmy almost mocks his own lifestyle and moans for change within it. But when the opportunity arises on behalf of change, he declines it, ?And have my enjoyment ruined by the Sunday night yobs in the front row? No, thank you.? It is as if he is complaining about the routine of which his life undertakes, but is too comfortable in it to do anything about it.

    • Word count: 865
  14. The character of Irwin in "The History Boys".

    Homosexual - Irwins fear of being compared to Hector, ?you?ve already had to cope with one master who touches you up? (p.100) in his liking for the boys leaves him intimidated when confronted by Dakin, ?scared shitless? (p.100). This scene confirms his homosexuality as he accepts Dakin?s offer. It seems ironic of Bennett that Posner confides in him about his sexuality and this scene could be interpreted as a warning from Posner to leave Dakin for him or protect his dignity and not be like Hector?

    • Word count: 522

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