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A Taste of Honey How does Shelagh Delaney present the changing factors of Jo's character?

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How does Shelagh Delaney present the changing factors of Jo's character? In this essay I am going to be looking at the play a taste of honey and looking at the factors of Jo's character. This play was written in 1956 the writer Shelagh Delaney was only a teenager when she wrote this play Helen and Jo are mother and daughter and they live in tatty flats. Helen meets a man named peter and they get married. Helen leaves goes to live with peter. Jo meets a boy who is in the navy. They spend Christmas together Jo gets pregnant and the boy leaves. Jo meets another boy called Geof and they set up home together. Geof is bisexual. Helens marriage breaks up because peter goes off with a younger woman. Helen comes back to and moves back in and get rid of Geof and he leaves and then it is mother and daughter again In the play Jo is the main character as she is always present in the play. In the play Jo meets Jimmy who is the father of her child and she also meets Geof who is bisexual and they have a relationship, Jo also has relationships with her mother Helen. ...read more.

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Jo character changes again when she meets Geof she becomes insulting my calling him "a big sister". Jo also becomes cynical "it'll always be number one by itself" and becomes frightened when she is heavily pregnant, she is frightened when she says "I don't want this baby I don't want to be a woman". When Jo's mother Helen comes back she gets rid of Geof this is when Jo is in labour and becomes less assertive when she says "are you coming back" Jo becomes resigned "by baby will be back" she becomes less assertive when she can't argue back when she is in labour. Shelagh Delaney uses dramatic devices to show the changes into Jo's character, the first one I am going to write about is Conflict and fights that take place between all characters; there are quarrels between Helen and Jo there is also quarrels and fights between Jo and Peter. When Jo physically attacks peter this is because he is taking her mother away from her. Helen and Jo have had another argument about Helens engament to peter. There is also conflict between Helen, Jo and Geof when they argue about the care of Jo. ...read more.

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In the play the use of language reveals the factors in which cause Jo to change; there are insults between the characters. There is also a use of expletives like "Silly Bitch" and "little bastard" and "sour faced old bitch". The educated language of Helen shows her using impressive vocabulary like when she says "The only conclusion I can find in your immediate presents is your ultimate absents". Jimmy also has an educated language as he has knowledge of Shakespeare. The social conclusions manifest aspects of Jo's character. Poor housing is clear in Jo's character; Jo lives in a small 1 bed-roomed flat and it has a shared bathroom with the other flat. The flat is in Manchester and it is by the ship cannel which is polluted; the flat is also by the gas works which smells, this means that the cost of housing in the area is low. Helen has a low income as she is a prostitute and Jo has 2 low paided jobs. Geof has a student grant from the government and he makes clothes for the baby as it is cheaper than buying them. Helen is a prostitute she properly became a prostitute because she might have had no money and she also had a child to support. Christopher Ball 10A2 English. A taste of Honey 1 ...read more.

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