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6th March 2008 A Cream Cracker Under The Settee In most dramas and programmes the characters have good relationships in their scenes. This makes the programmes exciting and fun. 'Cream Cracker Under The Settee' is a great monologue, which is set in one place, which is a house and only has one character called Doris. Even though there is only one setting and only one character unlike other dramas this monologue is still exciting and interesting. In the opening scene there is a great lack of movement from Doris because she is sitting in a low chair. This is a great scene because Alan Bennett creates suspense "It's such a silly thing to have done." The thing is we don't know what she has done so it also leaves us interested. Another way that Alan Bennett had made this play appealing is the relationships between Doris and Zulema. It is like Zulema is in control of Doris and is making all decisions for her. ...read more.


Also Zulema has broken Doris spirits. Bennett creates suspense a lot in this monologue this is because there are pauses and also when the screen gets blanked out. They create suspense because you think something bad is going to happen to Doris over the passage of time. The first blanked out creates suspense. "Come on leg." This makes us wonder if Doris is going to be all right. Doris introduces her husband Wilfred after she cracks the wedding photo. We hear words via Doris memories "Anyway; he says the garden is my department." Wilfred says this in her head that because in the olden days women used to do the gardening. Also this makes us think that Doris had control of Wilfred back in the days. Bennett creates suspense just before the baby and the pram is mentioned by Doris. This is because it makes us worried about it what happened to the child and where the child is to help Doris. ...read more.


Keep them under lock and key". Doris thinks that the people in Stafford House are old like antiques and she also thinks there locked in the house like under lock and key. Doris thinks they are like prisoners in there own home this makes us think that to. Doris's dramatic decision near the end of the monologue when she could have been rescued is a good and bad decision I think. It is a brave decision because she doesn't want to be put in Stafford House and be like a prisoner. Also its foolish decision because she can't move and also she can't accept that she has been defeated but she doesn't want to give up without fighting because she doesn't want to go to Stafford House and there were bad consequences for Doris actions. Doris could also die. At the end of the monologue Doris's final words are "Never mind it's done with now". This is a short and effective last sentence because Doris isn't that fussed that she blew her chance of being rescued because it means that she doesn't have to be put in Stafford House. ...read more.

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