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

To what extent is Jimmy(TM)s behaviour explained by the time he lived in?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent is Jimmy's behaviour explained by the time he lived in? The play, 'Look Back in Anger' has been described as "an influential expression of the mood of its time" because of its serious, provocative and reflective portrayal of 1950s England. The central character, Jimmy porter, exhibits many of the grievances felt by members of society through his behaviour, which is at times shocking. However, how justified is Jimmy in his 'anger', how far is his behaviour attributable to society at the time? This essay will explore not just Jimmy's behaviour, but also the context in which it is portrayed, to discover whether it reflects the period in question. As the title of the play suggests, Jimmy is a very angry young man, his unprovoked attacks on Alison and his annoyance with the fact that the other characters seem content in their 'delicious sloth' help to convey this to the audience. From these utterances it becomes clear that Jimmy is most upset about what he feels is the inertia of the time. ...read more.

Middle

Jimmy reads the paper, being 'the only one who knows how to treat a paper', referring to his ability to question the assumptions made in them. Jimmy uses an impressive vocabulary: 'sycophantic' and 'pusillanimous', all to the detriment of other characters in the play. Jimmy's intellectual abilities come as a surprise to the audience considering the way he appears to dislike the educated middle classes, indeed, Cliff stands as someone who comes from a similar working class background to Jimmy yet is inferior to him in terms of education. Can context help to explain this discrepancy? The Education Act of 1944 brought new redbrick universities and state grammar schools to the working classes, something that Jimmy obviously benefited from. However, the legislation did not stop people from discriminating against those of working class, perhaps explaining Jimmy's anger towards the establishment and the elite ruling class. Through Jimmy's unconstructive use of his abilities, Osborne conveys the uselessness of these new opportunities for those who really needed to benefit from them. It seems a grave injustice that someone of Jimmy's intelligence should have to work on a sweet stall. ...read more.

Conclusion

This, then, helps to communicate the promiscuity of the time as contraceptives became much more widespread within society. In addition, Jimmy takes a lot of pleasure in past things, describing the great composer Vaughan Williams as 'something strong, something simple, something English', Alison even describes Jimmy as a 'man born out of his time'. However, at the same time Jimmy cannot stand for some aspects of the past. Such contradictions are very important in further understanding the equivocal nature of the period and the fact that it lacked societal unity, both in thought and action. Therefore, the references to the past become just as important as the time, in which Jimmy was living, in conveying to the audience why it is that Jimmy behaves the way he does. To conclude, Jimmy's behaviour can definitely be explained by the time he was living in. Jimmy's hatred of the lethargy of characters in the play reflects the stagnation of the 1950s, which presented Jimmy with the problem of there not being "[Any] brave causes left". The failure of education reforms to end class discrimination is shown through Jimmy's intelligent but cold words, which help to demonstrate the uselessness of education in post-war Britain. ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Legalising Prostitution in Britain

    Capturing this richness is often accomplished by reframing determinants of generalisation and avoiding randomly selected examples of human experience as the basis for conclusions or extrapolations. Each instance of social interaction, if thickly described, represents a slice of the social world in the classroom, the corporate office, the medical clinic, or the community centre.

  2. Problem Solution: Foundation Schools

    John Thomas - review the organization culture to ensure that there are no potential problems pre-existing. Meet with each member of the board and address any questions or concerns within six months. Andy Antonio - responsible for reviewing and implementing new compensation packages among the teachers.

  1. factors influencing conformity and obedience

    Within the public services there are penalties which may involve you being demoted or even being discharged. There is a phobia of punishment, this is known as poinephobia. There are many theories about that say that people should learn about discipline through being rewarded not made to obey orders through

  2. "Why has there been a substantial increase in the adopted population of children born ...

    The interview was considered a valuable source as the aim of the interview was to discuss the topic with persons who had experienced and successfully completed the inter-country adoption process. The interview was completed on a one-to-one basis in the comfort of the interviewees own home, using an audio recorder belonging to a member of the family.

  1. Human Behaviour 1, Explain the various approaches to psychology and the people who pioneered ...

    The Psychoanalytic approach Formed mainly be Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). Most of his studies where based on the mentally ill. He did not study people in a scientific way, and he never experimented with animals. He came up with the term 'free association'. For this experiment, he gave his patients words, and they had to tell him the images, memories and ideas that it created for them.

  2. Customer experience management in UK higher education

    and serve that have useful information about customers and catalogues. Any information relevant to decision making can be recorded, analysed periodically in order to produce management reports. (Krejcie 2000 607) * Operational CRM: is the application of information technology to improve the efficiency of the relationship between customers and company.

  1. To what extent has the EU become more integrated since 1992?

    Although, once again, some member states have opted out of parts of the Schengen Agreement (the UK and Ireland), the agreement has enabled closer integration and cooperation between the majority of countries in the EU wanting to make progress in certain policy areas.

  2. Young Children's Symbolic Behaviour: theories of representation.

    Observation 2(p12-14) shows how target child represents her play symbolically by using her imagination of sitting on a donkey and riding it. This Piaget in Ginsbury & Opper (1988p70) termed as "appearance of the semionitic function" which means children uses objects in representing "something else which is not present".

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