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How does Alan Bennett expose Miss Fozzards character in Miss Fozzard finds her feet? What do you think Bennett wants to reveal about certain attitudes and values?

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How does Alan Bennett expose Miss Fozzard's character in "Miss Fozzard finds her feet"? What do you think Bennett wants to reveal about certain attitudes and values? Alan Bennett's dramatic monologue "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet" presents to us the character Miss Fozzard, who is a lonely, middle-aged store clerk in "Soft Furnishings". Through Miss Fozzard and her various ventures, Bennett voices an assortment of attitudes and values, and exposes quite an enchanting and fascinating character. Despite being female herself, Miss Fozzard shows an obvious pessimism and negativity to females in the monologue. She holds very traditional values, and sees them as inadequate and superficial in many instances. For example, when looking for a new chiropodist, she immediately rejects an individual called "Cindy" and classes her as someone who should be "painting nails not cutting them". Similarly, later on in the monologue she says that Estelle "really belongs in Cosmetics". Her old fashioned outlook on sexuality is also highlighted when she rejects the name Mallory. ...read more.


For example, when describing Estelle, she speaks of her being "a bit on the young side" as a negative attribute, and she seems to be very biased and blind to the fact that if she put that to one side she might actually be a very resourceful and intelligent woman. A similar instance occurs when Miss Fozzard states that for "floor coverings, they ought to have somebody more mature", implying that a more mature person would be much more qualified for the job. Just as she sees females in many cases as inadequate, it prevails that she also sees youth in the same way. Despite her very judgemental and discriminative stance, she in herself seems extremely na�ve socially in many different instances throughout the monologue. Firstly, after divulging the unusual details of her chiropodist session to her associate Estelle, Estelle soon relays the story to many of Miss Fozzard's colleagues. Despite the blatant mockery and sniggering behind her back, Miss Fozzard remains oblivious to their "silly winks" and "pats...on the bottom". ...read more.


"If there had been thirteen disciples instead of twelve, the other one would have been you Miss Fozzard". Blinded by his charm and charisma, Miss Fozzard is blissfully ignorant as he gradually removes any remnants of a socially acceptable chiropodist session. However, nearing the end of the monologue, Miss Fozzard seems to become startlingly aware of her and Mr Dunderdale's sordid arrangement. "People might think this rather peculiar" she presents to Mr Dunderdale. She is now longer na�ve to the truth; I believe she simply wants to ignore it. "People keep saying how well I look" - despite the negative connotations of the whole affair, it seems to have had a positive effect on her well-being. The excitement and rebellion seems to have awakened youthful traits in Miss Fozzard, which, based on the rest of the monologue, she seems to have lost quite a while ago. It is this that gives her the satisfaction her life was missing, as she begins to stop caring what other people think. Suzanne Hornsby 12S ...read more.

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