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Cream Cracker Under the Settee

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How Does Alan Bennett Make the Audience Feel Sympathy for the Character of Doris in a Cream Cracker Under the Settee? A cream cracker under the settee is a monologue written by Alan Bennett about Doris, an old woman aged 75, who lives alone in her house and has a mad obsession with cleanliness. At the start of the monologue we see Doris sitting on her chair, talking about Zuleema and how she fell trying to dust her wedding photo. She was talking about Zuleema and how she doesn't clean properly, then she looks up ate her wedding photo and notices it needs dusting. She tries to climb up and dust it, but she slips and hurts her leg. Doris tries to get up to make a cup of tea, but her leg gives way and she falls and is stuck on the floor. This is where Doris finds the cream cracker under the settee and starts complaining about Zuleema again and talks a bit more about her life. A boy comes onto her lawn, and she tries to get help, but he urinates on her front lawn so she tells him to go away. Doris manages to edge herself to the doorway, were she is stuck for the last part of the monologue, trying to get help but when it comes to her, she refuses it. ...read more.

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Doris has a mad obsession with cleaning. Doris says "Shan't let on I was dusting. Dusting is forbidden." This causes the audience to feel sorry for Doris because she is obsessed with cleaning but she isn't allowed to clean. The audience feels empathy for Doris because her obsession with cleanliness causes her to fall and break her leg while trying to dust her wedding photo, which also falls and cracks. She looks down at the photo and says 'Cracked the photo. We're cracked, Wilfred.' This makes the audience feel sympathy for Doris because her obsession with cleanliness leads to her climbing up to dust the top of her wedding photo, which causes her to fall and break her leg, so she is stuck on the floor with no help, and also causes her to crack one of her most treasured possessions, her and Wilfred's wedding photo. Even though Doris is stuck on the floor in pain, she still worries about the dirt and comments on the lack of Zuleema's cleaning. Doris finds a cream cracker under the settee and says 'She's not half done this place, Zuleema.' This causes the audience to feel sympathy for Doris because she is still concerned with her obsession with cleanliness even while she is stuck on the floor in pain. ...read more.

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She may also feel embarrassed that she had got herself into that situation and she knows that if she asks for help it will seem like she is not fit to live alone and she will be sent to Stafford house. At the end of the monologue it seems as if Doris has lost her life. Her last words are 'Never mind. It's done with now, anyway,' then the light fades. As the light fades this shows us that her life has come to an end and has faded away. This causes the audience to feel sympathy for Doris as she had died sadly and alone sitting on the cold floor at her front door. This monologue shows us that old people are not really treated with respect and are not given a lot of independence because they are just put into homes. This monologue makes me feel a lot more sympathy for old people in our society because through this monologue I can see that old people are not treated the way they should be and I think this needs to change. We should give old people more independence. Who are we to take it away from them? All the points listed are all reasons which contribute towards how Alan Bennett makes the audience feel sympathy for the character Doris in A Cream Cracker under the Settee. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rebecca Gayle 10B ...read more.

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