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

A cream cracker under the settee

Extracts from this document...


A cream cracker under the settee The story is about the last day of a women's, called Doris, life. Doris is a hygienic person; she is obsessed with keeping her home clean. But sadly due to her old age, leading to her inability to work, she has a worker from the council to come and clean for her. Doris has a problem with the cleaner, she states "...Zulema doesn't dust. She half-dusts" this means that she doesn't clean properly she leaves dust everywhere. An example of this quote states "...you haven't dusted the top of that." Doris tries to dust, but is weak and so can't do her best. The story is based mainly around a cracker she finds on the floor under the settee. ...read more.


The time of year would be autumn, as that is when the trees leaves go all brown and crispy and fall of, causing a mess on the floor it occupies. As it's her last day I would make it dawn, as we went the audience to see what she will do throughout the day, like she will start of complaining that she shouldn't have done the cleaning and now her leg is hurting. Then in the morning, something like 10am, is when she finds the cracker and starts to talk about it and finally there would be the evening, around 6pm where she cries for help and then finally dies, though its not shown. The character playing Doris would have to wear old clothes, with an old authentic colour, again like the browns and yellows. ...read more.


But in the end there is a part where, from what I recall, her neighbour ask her if she is ok and she replies yes. This again I do not understand that maybe she wants peace now or she wants to be left in peace. The pauses are for when she has to take deeps breathe because she is speaking too much at once. She tries to clean because her believes that Zulema doesn't clean properly. We don't find out what happens to Zulema, from when she tells her that she could report her if she was to tell her she found a cracker. At the end we don't know whether she dies or just goes to sleep. But I do know that I want the viewers to feel sad and think that they should never leave there elderly alone, mainly the oldest of the elderly, they are fragile and need to be cared for. Sajeed Adat 11Y3 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Alan Bennet 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 GCSE Alan Bennet essays

  1. “A cream cracker under the settee” - Production Analysis

    is easily tired and can't do anything too strenuous with her voice. She then quickly changes the matter back to her leg. This is done very cleverly with her speech, "I ought to put a note on the gate. 'Not my leaves.' Not my leg either, the way it feels.

  2. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee'

    growing of mushrooms in the cellar, making of fretwork toys, keeping of a dog and running a allotment, all of which failed to come to fruition. Doris also believes a child would have solved her immediate problems as well, as she imagines if her baby had survived and produced grandchildren for her, she 'wouldn't be in this fix'.

  1. Although A Cream Cracker Under the Settee is a dramatic monologue we are presented ...

    She sounds intimidating as she constantly threatens Doris with mentions of Stafford House. Doris simply reacts with cheeky or sarcastic comments, letting us know that she is not bothered and knows that Zuleema is just trying to influence her. Although there is regret and I suspect anxiety in her tone of voice.

  2. What is 'A Cream Cracker under the settee' really about and how does it ...

    Zulema wants her to go into Stafford house. You can tell this by how she says 'I am the only person that stands between you and Stafford House'. This shows she is treating her like a child and not an adult.

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