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Discuss Characters Themes and Dramatic Techniques in `Our Day Out'.

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Discuss Characters Themes and Dramatic Techniques in `Our Day Out` `Our Day Out` was written by Willy Russell to show people life in the inner city of Liverpool. There are a lot of scenes which create tension, excitement and disappointment in Our Day Out. One humorous part is Les the lollipop man, just after Carol has explained what the purpose of the progress class is, he replies "By Christ, I bet she's kept busy, they're all bloody backward around here". The use of slang "I'll keep dixie" and swearing "right, dickheads move" create a realistic impression of the characters. Accents are also used in Our Day Out, mainly by Carol who has a distinguishable accent... "Agh,ey Les...". Using slang, swearing and accents creates a personal image in the viewer's mind which will help them to understand the play better. The play contains realistic characters, such as Briggs and Mrs Kay. Briggs sets a strict example of a teacher, while Mrs Kay is a completely different individual. ...read more.

Middle

"Reilly, Dickson, Sit down!" The constant snapping, shouting and staccatos from Mr Briggs, proves his lack of empathy for the children. Briggs has a problem, in that he doesn't understand the children's deprivation - their lack of parental affection, poor educational background and generally the good things in life. Briggs cannot agree with Mrs Kay, when she expresses her views on the children's destiny... "You are in a job that is designed and funded to fail." She says Briggs job is worth nothing because there is no point teaching the kids, because they will never get out of their life in Liverpool. Carol is one of the trapped pupils in Mrs Kay's class. She is a na�ve and inarticulate girl. Due to Brigg's poor understanding and a parental lack of care, she feels she can only express her emotions to Mrs Kay. Russell shows Carols lack of education... "...if I started to work hard an` learned how to read..." In the play, she is often to be seen in Mrs Kay's company. ...read more.

Conclusion

Linda Croxley's clothing shows her rebellious nature...She is dressed in the prevailing pop outfit of the day. The length and order of the scenes, maintains the readers interest throughout the play. The emotions brought out by the various scenes, range from pity to shock and disappointment . I enjoyed the play and found the humorous scenes very entertaining. The cliff-top scene was tense and therefore exciting. When Briggs destroyed the roll of film I was disappointed. Russell gave the impression that Briggs was a changed man. I think he saw the photographs as evidence of the kind of person he could be, if he chose to be. I also think he didn't want to be reminded that he had enjoyed the day out, and by destroying the film, he changed back to his usual self. This also came across to the viewer, when he straightened his tie on arriving back in the city. He had only changed for the duration of the day out, and in fact he hadn't really changed at all. Matthew Williams Jeff Joseph Sale Moor Technology College 33637 ...read more.

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