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At the beginning of 'our day out' Briggs is portrayed as an antagonist. Has the audiences perception of him changed by the end of the play? At the beginning of 'Our Day Out' the character of Mr. Briggs is told to 'keep an eye on things

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At the beginning of 'our day out' Briggs is portrayed as an antagonist. Has the audiences perception of him changed by the end of the play? At the beginning of 'Our Day Out' the character of Mr. Briggs is told to 'keep an eye on things.' At this point we don't know a great deal about him apart from the fact that he acts a bit like a spy. Briggs addresses the pupils on the coach to sit down and his first words are typical of a strict teacher:' Reilly. Dickson. Sit down!' It shows it will not be easy for the pupils to get on with as they want to have a good time, and a good time in his eyes is to sit down quietly and talk to people sitting near by you. Briggs dialogue indicates that he is strict. He does not talk to people in a normal tone; it is more of a strict tone. And there are a lot of exclamation marks in his dialogue indicating he shows most of the time. ...read more.

Middle

Comedy is a main ingredient to the play. It happens in many scenes throughout the play. To begin with when Les walks out to get Carol across the road. He sets his timing just right to stop the 'arrogant get' that is Briggs. Then, there is the scene when Mrs. Kay fools the driver into believing that the children are poor. The zoo, the shop, the girls with Colin all of these scenes all have comedy in them. Briggs serious nature also adds to the humour because the behaviour of the children makes him so mad. Mrs Kay persuades Briggs to sit down and have a coffee. He does not think that the children should be left alone, however Mrs. Kay reassures him that they will be okay. Yet when Briggs finds out the children have stolen the animals he gets angry. He disagreed with Ronsons view about the caged animals and he says that was all they were used to. Here, Willy Russell speaks metaphorically. ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally I don't think Briggs changes. Just before the bus got back to school, Russell adds this stage direction: 'Briggs takes off his hat, combs his hair and put back on his jacket' I think he relaxed and tried to enjoy the trip, but when he gets back to school, his place of work, he is the old Briggs again. I think in general that the audience's view has changed of Briggs. He is an old fashioned teacher and that's the way he is, but I think that the audience now see that there is a different side to him. A side that is rarely seen. I think that Briggs is a good teacher and that he does have a better approach to the children than Mrs Kay. Although she understands them better, I think that Briggs would teach them more as he has strict rules, He would make them learn, where as Mrs Kay simply talks to them and plainly understands them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lucille McLay 0312 St Johns R.C 43309 ...read more.

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