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Blue Remembered Hills Essay 'Blue Remembered Hills' is a poem by AE Houseman that shows an idealistic view of childhood as you see in the poem. That is the land of lost content I see it shining plain The happy highways where I went And cannot come again In this short piece AE Houseman gives the effect of a clean happy time. Dennis Potter has a completely different view on childhood that completely contrasts with AE Houseman's poem. Dennis potters play is a reversal of AE Houseman's poem, including the attitudes of the children. In this play the children think only for themselves. There is extreme cruelty between the children. There is a constant power struggle between the boys and the girls. This constant struggle for power, admiration and for wanting to be respected leads to the destruction of a member of the group of boys. The children constantly pick on the weakest to make them look bigger. AE Houseman shows an idealistic view of children and Potter wanted to show what he thought kids were like. Potter thought that if he used children the audience wouldn't see their true behaviour: the audience would just see kids fooling around like kids do. Potter wanted the kid's behaviour to really be analysed. By using adults to play out children the audience would concentrate on what they are doing. Potter also used adults to portray emotion better than children. In an example Willie's behaviour is childish with him using his hands as aeroplane wings and making sounds like an aeroplane. If you saw a child do this then it would be normal, but seeing an adult makes you watch the movement very closely and seeing the funny side of children playing and adult. ...read more.


I mean my thumb when I have a bit of tea. Donald: "cut the bugger off, ant I" Angela tilts her head in disapproval, Angela is now jealous of Audrey and Donald, so decides to be spiteful to Donald for giving Audrey so much attention by saying, Audrey: "You want to stop swearing, Donald duck" Donald is not very confident and so the nickname Donald duck, doesn't help his self a steam at all. Donald hates when people call him Donald duck. The girls get bored of playing mummies and daddies and decide to both gangs up on Donald just for a laugh. Angela: "Quack, quack, quack". The boys show some element of sympathy, the girls don't. Angela and Audrey's relationship is one of closeness; they are also concerned with who is the better friend to each other, because neither of them wants to lose the friendship because they need each other. Angela pretends that she does not need Audrey as much as Audrey needs her, but in fact Angela values their friendship a lot more than she lets on. The girls are far more open about relationships than the boys; the girl's interests lay around getting married and who the strongest boy is. When girls are concerned with whom the better friend is boys are concerned about who is the toughest. As you can there are ranks for both the boys and the girls. The boys act embarrassed, especially Peter because Audrey makes out to the other boys that there is something going on between them, which the boys think, is funny and disgusting. ...read more.


What the gang don't know is that Donald is very unstable in the head, he has heard about the escaped prisoner of war and he is determined not to let the prisoner get him. Donald locks himself in the barn. Donald's obsession with fire which makes him a pyromaniac. Donald's got mixed emotions from talking about his dad and the prisoner, he is having a mental breakdown. When the gang pretend to be the escaped prisoner, mainly Willie pretends to be an Italian, and scare Donald by making him think an Italian is trying to get him. Donald dies and the children try to make Donald hear that it was a joke and they try to bang the door down but by now it is too late. The tragedy of Donald dieing in the barn makes Raymond express deep sympathy for Donald. Peter though can't handle the guilt so decides to go for the easy option, denial. Soon everybody starts to deny the situation of the barn blaze. Peter: "No I wasn't, t was bloody mile away" Audrey: "You was with me Peter" Willie: "we was altogether" John: "That's right, we didn't see nothing" Raymond: "Poor old quack-quack" The children act like adults do most of the time when they can't deal with the pain of a situation; they deny that it ever happened. Potter's view of children is that although children don't know the world fully they still posses all the traits of an adult. Also he wants to show that children are not angels their human beings, and when you're not with them they get up to all sorts and last of all Potter shows that there is always a heavy competition to the best. Name: Sebastian Blake Teacher: Mr Ubly Class: 11HU5 GCSE English Coursework ...read more.

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