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Alan Bennett

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YEAR 12 - ALAN BENNETT Bennett's style of writing is very unusual, as he does not explain what is happening until the very end. He has a very individualistic style of writing. His style of writing consists of a build up to a climax and then he applies a dramatic twist at the end of the play. By doing this, Bennett arouses a range of mixed emotions. Bennett has a certain structure, which is crucial to how he constructs his monologues. Bennett drops subtle hints about his character's true nature throughout his monologues. Many of the hints are implied and the further you read, the more explicit the hints become. Dropping subtle hints like this is a very clever way of building up tension and suspense. Bennett's characters are very complex and the characters have no introductions as such. The reasons behind Bennett choosing to focus his monologues on quite a mature central character is that they are more experienced in life. However, as the reader we expect them to behave in a particular way when certain situations are presented to them. He gives the readers a chance to build an identity, a character profile for themselves. The relationships between the characters are never as straightforward as the reader or the audience tends to imagine. The fictional characters are always drawn directly from normal, everyday people. ...read more.

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Bennett uses fades to either relieve the tension or move the time on. It also leads to a different scene and subject. I did a little research on Bennett and I found that Bennett writes most of his monologues as women. When he was a child the women did most of the talking and the men could not express themselves. I felt that I should write as a man, it was very challenging. It is very hard to write something from a man's point of view, because as I am a female and I do not know how men think and feel. Bennett's characters tend to represent the common man with frailties and the mistakes that they make. All of his characters are full of secrets and tend to lead double lives. Most of the characters do not confront their secrets. By doing this, Bennett builds up the climax and suspense of the monologue and creates a twist at the end. Bennett also creates a range of emotions of the audience towards the character, compassion, shock, sympathy etc. I have a monologue, called "Until Death Do Us Part." I feel that it does have a feel of Bennett's style, but it does not have enough. My monologue is also not as long as Bennett's plays. Although I feel that most of the actual story connects with Bennett. ...read more.

Conclusion

As in Bennett's monologues, my main character would begin a range of emotions within its readers. All of Bennett's monologues tend to explore situations taken to some extreme or another, this is done so they have an impact on the reader and contrast to the characters being ordinary and seeming innocent at the beginning. A good comparison would be with Bennett's, "Playing Sandwiches" where Bennett explores a paedophilia; he looks at the treatment of the elderly in, "Waiting For The Telegram." It gives a one sided view without showing any real affects. My monologue looks at real life situations as well. I also left the reader's hints, but not as much as Bennett. My hints are all over the place and they do not link together as well as Bennett's. my situation is realistic and the hints I have included may be similar to many people who have suffered in the same situation in reality. It just shows that people may not be as innocent as they seem on the surface but may hold deep dark passions and secrets. My main character is portrayed as a kind and gentle person with a good heart and we sympathies with him because he is lonely and deserted. I feel that my monologue did have a sense of tension and suspense. I believe I have included the same basic devices as Bennett uses in his monologues and presented a similar situation. ...read more.

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