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By What Means Does Willy Russell Engage Our Sympathy For Shirley In The Opening Part Of The Play?

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By What Means Does Willy Russell Engage Our Sympathy For Shirley In The Opening Part Of The Play? In the opening part of the play feeling sympathy for Shirley is a regular occurrence expressed through loneliness, regret, unhappiness and humour. This only being a minority of the feelings Shirley feels. We find Shirley to be a humorous and genile person looking for a more easyer and comfortable way of life. We feel sympathy for Shirley when her sadness is expressed as insecurity. "Even though her name was changed to Bradshaw she was still Shirley Valentine." This shows how she was changed into something she did not want to be and how she regrets marrying Joe. Shirley has an ability to make humour out of what may be at discomfort to her. ...read more.

Middle

Deep down Shirley still wanted to be nice and gentile. We find out that Shirley meets the old school teacher's pet that Shirley wanted to be like. "Well Marjorie, you've waited a long time for your revenge but you've got me good style now haven't y?" Ironically is it found that Marjorie wanted to be just like Shirley was at school. Marjorie had become a high-class whore. The sadness that Shirley feels creates sympathy towards her. The regret that Shirley felt cannot be expressed until Shirley cries on the bus journey home leaving the audience distraught. As Marjorie kissed Shirley the deep emotion leads to her crying on the bus. This is the only time she had felt real affection leaving her even more upset. ...read more.

Conclusion

This showing insecurity, loyalty and self-depriving. Shirley was loyal to the children by not leaving the children when they were young so they would have a hard time. She is also self-depriving as she promised herself that she would leave Joe but has still not done this. She is also scared because she feels as though she would have no place to go. Willy Russell creates sympathy for Shirley by expressing her feelings in various different ways, loneliness, unhappiness, regret, and loyalty. Shirley is humorous, dominated and self-deprived. I think that Shirley needs to go on the two-week trip to Greece with Jane and then decide if she wants to carry on the marriage with Joe. If not she should go and find peace in the country. BLAL YASIN 1 GCSE ENGLISH YR 10 30/04/07 ...read more.

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