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Essay Chantal Chitayi 'A Taste of Honey' Act two, scene one is an important part of the play because Jo is near the end of her pregnancy and Helen comes back to visit her but only because Geoff had asked her too. Previously in the play Helen had married Peter and had gone to live with him, Jo got engaged to a black boy in the Navy, she became pregnant but he didn't come back after going away with the Navy. Jo didn't have a very good relationship with her mother and they had moved about a lot as Helen ran every time she couldn't pay the rent. Jo met Geoff who is a homosexual. He hasn't had sexual relations with a man but he knows he is gay because he has had liaisons with other men. Jo has left school and was going to work in a pub part-time. ...read more.


In this section of the play the characters use actions in different ways to portray their emotions and feelings. For example: at the beginning of this section Geoff says 'Let me kiss you' this lets us know that Geoff likes Jo as more then a friend unfortunately she does not feel the same way. This is shown when she struggles as Geoff forces himself on her. Another show of Geoff's feelings towards Jo are when he asks her to marry him, Jo just dismisses the idea and tells Geoff '...I'm not marrying anybody'. When Helen arrives she tries to be motherly towards Jo but Jo doesn't really want to know as Helen hasn't really been there for her whilst she has been growing up. I don't think she understands why Helen suddenly wants to be a proper mother so Jo starts an argument by saying 'what blew you in' as soon as Helen comes in to the room. ...read more.


Geoff is the calm one; he doesn't stand up for himself much but tries to protect Jo. When Geoff is told to do something he does it without complaining. This play is important to theatre history, as it was the first play ever seen about real life and the problems that came with it like poverty, racism, teenage pregnancies and homophobia. This play had them all in. At the time this play was written Britain was just recovering from shortages and rationing, the rationing ended in 1952. Housing was scarce so many people had to live in flats even if they could afford better and bomb sites were still derelict. Shelagh Delaney was the author of this play and she was 19 years old when she wrote it. It was written in 1956 and censorship from the stage was removed in 1963. 'A Taste of Honey' is what you would call a 'kitchen-sink' drama because it is based on real life, problems, poverty and the working class. ...read more.

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