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Janine Boor Language in Road Overall the language in Road is of a harsh nature. Nearly all the characters in the play tend to use a lot of swearwords making it a rather 'shocking' experience to watch. The type of language they use is actually realistic so it makes you feel as if you are really there. This makes the play more personal, because a lot of people may have been in the same situations, and used the same language. Sometimes the language is directed towards the audience. The character will actually turn around, look at them and talk directly to the audience. This immediately involves the audience and makes it their play - or life. This is said in one of the first scenes. Scullery says 'This is our Road, but tonight, it's yours as well.' Each character uses the type of language that suits their personalities. Here I've analysed a few characters use of language. The first character with quite a large monologue is Molly. The stage directions are 'On the table is a box full of old make-up. ...read more.


He uses language that wouldn't be expected from a middle aged man. The type of language he uses is extremely deep and meaningful. An example would include 'Oh God, I get theses strong feelings inside and they're so sad I can hardly stand it. Oh, oh I can feel one now, it's breaking my heart with its strength and tears are coming into my eyes, and that's just because I thought of something from ago.' It's a desperate language giving him a sensitive character. He thinks of something and he cries. Because the language is desperate it's showing his need for help and his need for comfort. He's expressing his feelings and letting them all out through his language and he's sharing it with the audience, which makes us all feel some sort of deep emotion. Helen's speech is more about her being something she's not; to get something she desperately wants, in this case - sex. Her language is that of a male who's trying to take advantage of a vulnerable woman - perhaps drunk. But this is a female taking advantage of the male who is drunk. ...read more.


It is all imagery and rhythm. The next monologue is Brinks. The language he uses is full of emotion. He uses sentences - 'I must stop now because I'm crying real tears, but inside. A man cry.' The language makes you think about the fact that even men who think they're better than every one else, have real feelings. The last two are girls - Carol and Louise. Carol uses alliteration such as 'BIG BUST. BIG BUST ON ME BODY. BIG BRA BURSTIN BUST.' It is an effective way of putting across a message because it is repetition and it gets stuck in your mind. Louise's monologue is more about her being able to express her self freely as she cannot often do this because everyone assumes she is the quiet shy one that doesn't speak. She always immediately takes this role. All the way through the play, language has been tense and quite realistic, the characters have withheld their true feelings, but at the end everyone lets out their thoughts and don't care what people think. They just say them and get them off their chest. ...read more.

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