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

Compare and contrast the plays George by C G Bond and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee by Alan Bennett in terms of plot, characterisation, theme and dramatic method. Which play had the most impact on you and why?

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast the plays George by C G Bond and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee by Alan Bennett in terms of plot, characterisation, theme and dramatic method. Which play had the most impact on you and why? Both George and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee were written in the 1970s - 1980s and reflect some of the changes in society since the Second World War. Britain had become a multi-cultural society. This is reflected in A cream cracker under the settee because Zulema is an exotic name therefore it could imply that she was originally from an area near the West Indies making the play reflect the situation in the social services during the period and now. During the period of Margaret Thatcher's government she claimed to have 'changed everything'. This meant that those who were used to the life just after the Second World War where the elderly were not expected to live in isolation and neighbours were far more knowledgeable about each other's lives were shocked at some of the changes. Some of these changes are portrayed in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and George. More clearly in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee when Doris says: "Alert somebody. Don't know who. Don't know anybody round here now. Folks opposite, I don't know them. Used to be the Marsdens" This clearly shows that there used to be a community and everybody knew each other but it wasn't there any more. ...read more.


You were wonderful with her" and that she simply couldn't have his mother stay in a house with them, which shows that that was taken into consideration but denied by Judy. In A Cream Cracker Under the Settee Doris actually chooses to die and the play leads up to this choice. When Doris chooses to die this moment is also very symbolic. "Are you all right? No. I'm all right." When the policeman came along she wanted to ask for help but decided in the end that she would rather die and have her time than go to Stafford House. Stafford House is greatly regarded by Doris as a place where "You go daft there, there's nowhere else for you to go but daft." Throughout the play she has made the impression that she never wants to go to Stafford House and at the end we find out she would rather die. As well as the similarities in the plot the two women are very similar. Both characters are old, widowed women who require the need of visitors. Both women are of working class. The dialect of the characters reinforces this, Doris's accent is that of a Northerner and reflects Alan Bennett as he was a Northerner himself and uses it in his characters. The language is informal and colloquial: "I never saw no list" or "Them's her leaves", she also swears mildly "oh hell, the flaming buffet" when recounting the circumstances of her accident, but later uses the even less offensive "Oh stink". ...read more.


It is non-realistic and bizarre because if it was written for a television programme or something more realistic there would not be a mynah bird talking. Also, because on a stage of the living room the bird would be constantly in view so the audience could not forget about it or ignore it as David and Judy ignored his mother. A Cream Cracker Under the Settee was written for a television drama especially for the actress Thora Hird. The play is more naturalistic and uses convention just as much but it is more subtle and therefore, not as obvious as it is in George. The close-ups enable the viewers to recognise the facial expressions and feel what Doris feels. Although both plays are hard-hitting and involve a lot of impact at the end I think that George has more impact on me because it is revealed more slowly and is seen through the eyes of a mynah bird which makes it more surreal and the moment when David is arguing with George sets the play up for a visual and clear ending of David's mum lying at the bottom of the stairs on the floor for three days. I think that this play has more impact because it isn't just about 'mum' and the isolation she was in but also the relationship she had with her son and the fact that he neglected her and her needs. Although I find George has more impact people may disagree because it is a shock when we realise that Doris has chosen to die. It is a very tense and shocking moment. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hannah Neesam ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Measure for Measure- Why is Lucio in the play

    Lucio is a "fantastic", a character that makes things up and is not the most reliable. For the audience he is an attractive character as he always seems to be around when something exciting is happening; this is a trait of a fantastic.

  2. Distrust and Isolation in Kafkas Metamorphosis

    his father of being "emotionally abusive" and explains how he is "afraid of" the man he should be able to trust. Immediately in the novella, Gregor ponders how he is compelled to maintain his dismal career in order to "pay back what his parents owe" "the chief".

  1. Sins of the Past

    All fifteen of the C4 packs below ground exploded. Watson dived through the air as the whole warehouse was engulfed in a ball of flame. Bricks were sent flying. Watson woke up with a start. He was still in the back of the President's helicopter.


    Dunstan, also known as Dunsey, who is the son of Squire, stole Silas's only friend-his gold, and the novel explains how Silas is completely agitated and distraught by his loss. The novel now reaches its climax and Silas finds hope again, when he discovers a young girl, who he names Hephzibah.

  1. Shylock's contribution to the play and effective qualities, which are used for a dramatic ...

    Antonio asks for two things, the first is that he does not want the money from Shylock, but wishes it to go Lorenzo after Shylocks death, Lorenzo is Christian man whom had married Shylock's daughter. Antonio's second wish was that Shylock, the very strict Jew should turn Christian.

  2. How does Allen Bennett use dramatic devices to reveal Doris character to the audience ...

    This is showing that this is Doris's perception of Zulema. Throughout the monologue Doris shows that she is obsessive about cleaning, she does not believe that Zulema cleans to her standard, "she doesn't dust, she half dusts" therefore she takes it upon herself to do it, even though it has been "forbidden" by Zulema.

  1. How Does Jane Austen Present Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice? What is His ...

    He looks down upon people who are his equals by birth right. In this description Austen also comments on his lack of sense shows that he has little sound judgement or reason. It is also made clear the reason why Mr Collins comes to Longbourne; he has been ordered by

  2. My Memory

    The police followed them in and soon they were of to an unknown location. Hours passed what seemed like an age off traffic jams and road works later we arrived at a very impressive building. Five storeys high and lit up like a firework.

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