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A Cream Cracker Under The Settee 'explain in detail and by frequent reference to the text, the devices used by Alan Bennet to make the action on the stage varied and interesting'. A cream cracker under the settee'' is a humorous play in the form of monologue. It was written by Alan Bennett who wrote the play in 1940s, Doris is the main character played by Thora Hird , who is an old lonely lady who's in her seventies and thinks of her present life and reminisces about her past. Doris loves cleaning, she links everything to cleanliness. But sadly in her poor conditions she finds hard to maintain this cleanliness that she's mad about. Instead a cleaner called Zulema from the social services comes to her house every week to clean for her. Zulema always try's to persuade Doris to move to Stafford house which is an old peoples home however Doris despises the thought of Stafford house. In the monologue are some major events such as the finding of a cream cracker under Doris's settee which seriously upsets Doris as she knows Zulema cant be doing a good job another key event in the play is the injury that Doris sustains from falling off her stool while trying to dust. ...read more.

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For instance we can tell that she is an old woman and that she comes from Yorkshire and we can also tell what social class she comes from. As she says things like 'the flaming buffet went over' these mild swearwords keep the audience entertained. The way in which Doris speaks makes her seem a riveting Character, her language is colourful and vibrant. Doris's obsession with cleanliness is often humours as she sometimes gets annoyed with it, she says things like, 'but Zulema doesn't dust she half-dusts . I know when a place is clean'. Doris reveals important events through trivial detail. She doesn't get emotional, she doesn't break down and cry. Its just little simple things that make it more powerful .e.g. baby wrapped in newspaper. Doris's relationship with Zulema is very interesting as they are both under constant confrontation. The audience only see Zulema from Doris's point of view and from this Zulema seems quite a cheerful person that just really wants to help, With good intentions. However Doris sees things differently and sees Zulema as quite a threat even though she is the only thing standing between Doris and Stafford house. ...read more.

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At the end of the play there is a conversation in which Doris dismisses the policeman who is checking if Doris is ok. Even though Doris is in desperate need of help. We believe Doris dose this because she fears that she will end up in Stafford House. This shows how much she despises the thought of going in to Stafford House. At the end of the play Doris's last words are quite sad as there is a long pause and then Doris says 'you've done it now, Doris. Done it now, Wilfred. The audience is left questioning what Doris means here. In my Opinion Doris thinks she is going to die and feels she has accomplished into going into Stafford house I think this because at the very end she says 'never mind. Its done with now, anyway. I think she is talking about Stafford house. In my opinion the play 'A Cream cracker Under The Settee' is a very well thought out interesting monologue. Bennett has made very careful choices to keep the audience entertained. The simplicity in which the way he dose this is also very good. Bennet exchanges props and special effects for well thought out dialogue that keeps the audience entertained. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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