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

A Taste of Honey

Extracts from this document...


A Taste of Honey This essay is about a young woman called Jo. Jo has a mother known as Helen and her boyfriend peter; Jo also has a boyfriend called Boy and a close friend called Geoff who is gay. Jo is pregnant with her boyfriend Boy, Boy is a black sailor, and it was common in those days for sailors to have girlfriends for a short while and then leave them as they go on to other places, and as Jo says "He's gone away. He maybe back in six months, but then again, he may..." here she gave the impression that he may not be back. In this case he left her pregnant as well which just adds to Jo's problems. ...read more.


The author uses Helens cold to revel Helens character by the words that she uses like "Its running like a tap" she says about her nose. Both characters rely on men to get affection as they don't really get it from each other. Helen does care about Jo's future as she shows when she discovers the drawings that Jo had drawn; she says, "I didn't realize I had such a talented daughter." As Peter enters Helens reaction is an unwelcoming one, and she even says, "Look what the winds blown in." Helen wants Jo to go away now that Peter had entered and she said to Jo "Turn yourself into a bloody termite and crawl into the wall or something." ...read more.


Act two, scene one. Jo suspects that Geoff wants to move in as he said, "Isn't this place a bit big for one Jo?" but I think Jo wants Geoff to move in as she invites him to stay the night. Jo later denies the fact she wants marriage as Geoff asked, "You want taking in hand" an she replied with, "no, thanks" even though she's been asked. When Jo told Geoff about the baby he kept asking questions like, "how are you going to manage then" he says this to suggest that he wants to help. Jo has changed since the start of the play as she is beginning to let some of her feelings out to Geoff. When Helen came back she called the flat "the same old miserable hole" despite at the beginning of the play she said it was good. Chris Thompson 11WT ...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 Shelagh Delaney 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 Shelagh Delaney essays

  1. A Taste of Honey Explore the likely similarities and differences between the audience ...

    It also makes Jo seem more responsible than Helen, both unconventional ideas. Although in 2003 it is more common to have alcoholics, it is still strange for a mother to be so open with her excessive drinking, and would certainly have horrified audiences in 1958.

  2. A Taste of Honey

    This shows that Jo has no sexual attractions towards Geof and sees him more like a friendly sister who looks after her. Jo comments on the children's appearance, '...look at those filthy children.' I think this is because as she is pregnant she is thinking about children and looking at other children on the streets.

  1. Shelagh Delaney's 'A Taste of Honey' .

    This shows just how prejudiced people were and how they thought nothing of acting on these views. Jo and Geof have a good friendship, and it seems like they are in a way so well suited because they are both social outcasts and can tell how the other feels.

  2. A Taste of Honey

    Helen tells Jo that she should learn from her mistakes and not ruin her life by getting married. HELEN: Oh Jo, you're only a kid. Why don't you learn from my mistakes? It takes half your life to learn from your own.

  1. From dependence to independence. To what degree does Jo mature and become less dependant ...

    Jo: "Do you like beer?" Geof: "Yes." Jo: "Gin?" Geof: "Yes. Have you got some?" Jo: "No, but if I had, I'd give it all to you. I'd give everything I had to you." When Jo and Geof go to bed, Geof questions Jo about Jimmie. Geof: "A black boy?"

  2. When Shelagh Delaney began working on A Taste of Honey, she intended it to ...

    Shelagh Delaney used a variety of languages for each character they have their own individual use of language. Jo's language is full of hurt and sorrow and this is because of all the hurt she is going through she can't show anyone how she feels so she keeps it all

  1. In "A Taste of Honey" Shelagh Delaney presents Jo as a young woman looking ...

    ease the pain and attempt to sort out problems under a more relaxed but less rational approach. Some readers may think that at the point of Helen's response to Jo's comments about drinking, she is completely under the dominion of alcohol, and responds in a cynical way, "...Don't just stand there shivering; have some of this if you're so cold".

  2. A Taste of Honey: From dependence to independence.

    that she is 18, although we do not know if this is true or not. She is still at school, but is leaving soon. She is still living with her mother, Helen, and is constantly being moved around the country.

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