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Use of Language: "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" After reading Dario Fo's script for "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" we can clearly see that the use of language during the play is quite interesting as they underline certain characteristics of the people in the play, the things that they represent and therefore the whole meaning and comical affect of the play itself. When looking at his use of language in more detail, we carried out a few diverse tasks to see how and why Fo used the linguistic devices that he did. One of our practical tasks was to study an extract from a 'parallel' piece of script, "Oooh What a Mess, (The terrible tale of Stephen Lawrence)". This was created by previous students at Stowupland High School who tried to imitate Fo's styles for a satirical comic effect. Through studying this we also learnt about what types of language and linguistic devices Fo used in his own plays. For example, there are a couple of occasions in 'Oooh What a Mess' when word play is used. For example, Clement mentions the size of a torch and Bullock replies with, 'Don't worry Searg, size isn't everything!' This verbal humour creates an innuendo which manages to make a mockery of an authority figure which Fo liked to do a lot in his own plays, I also t has a comic effect, which adds to how well it works. ...read more.

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With an m?' He knows that this could sound uncouth, so he plays on it. * Another time when Fo used word play, he created a large amount of irony in doing so. This time the Super says 'Galoshes are a ridiculous garment. An anarchist wouldn't be seen dead in them!' The Anarchist did actually die, so this word play creates an ironic atmosphere. Absurd Non-Sequiturs * Another linguistic device which Fo uses in this play to create humour is absurd non-sequiturs. He used these so they confuse the police to show the audience that the Maniac is far more intelligent than the policemen are. Fo didn't agree with how much power some people had due to who they were and what they did, so he uses these devices to baffle the policemen and expose their lack of logic. The Maniac frequently uses non-sequiturs, managing to confuse the Policemen. * An example of this is when Pissani asked the Superintendent to 'come here as quickly as possible if he can...' The Maniac replies with 'Yes-even if he can't'. This type of language is used to bewilder the officials and makes the audience laugh at their expense. Exaggeration and Sarcasm * Throughout the play we can see that there are many examples of exaggeration and sarcasm. Fo made sure the Maniac used them regularly. This managed to give the Maniac his own distinctive style of language which he could use effectively when attacking other characters. ...read more.

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This is effective because it demonstrates to the audience that the Maniacs behaviour and attitude towards the police has a very tedious effect on them making them very irritated and angry, which is humorous. Childish Phraseology * Childish Phraseology is used in the play to make the Maniac seem to have more authority and power over the policemen. In the play the policemen become very child, like and behave in a way a young child would when the Maniac wittily outsmarts them. An example of this is when Pissani is talking to the Super about the 'accident' of the anarchist and says "I only did it because you told me to", which he says in a very sulkily, childish manner. It is clear that in the play all the characters have their own distinctive use of language and their own the different use of linguistic devices. All of the policemen try to talk as if they are in fact upper class and have authority over the other characters. They do this by using jargon and euphemisms to make themselves sound impressive. The Maniacs use of language is mostly all linguistic devices, he mostly uses sarcasm to patronize the policemen and belittle them. The character Mrs Felleti however, is very sophisticated and formal when she is speaking, which is shown when she is asking questions. Her use of language is very much contrasts with the other characters, because it is direct and to-the-point. This works well as a counter-balance to the flippant, mischievous language of the Maniac. ...read more.

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