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Discuss Rosenthal's use of minor characters in P'tang Yang Kipperbang.

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Discuss Rosenthal's use of minor characters in P'tang Yang Kipperbang P'tang Yang Kipperbang is a TV Play about the ups and downs of adolescence. It focuses mainly upon the life of Alan Duckworth and how he deals with his current problems and problems that he may encounter in his future life. However, throughout the play we are introduced to numerous other characters that reflect and contrast Alan's (Quack Quack's) life. Examples of theses characters are Shaz and Abbo, Alan's best friends. These contrast and compare upon Alan and his life. Rosenthal does this by making them seem the total opposite of Alan i.e. confident and a lot more sexually experienced. When really Shaz and Abbo are both as pathetic as Alan, if not more pathetic. This is because they always lie about things that they say they have done. Another way in which Alan compares and contrasts with Shaz and Abbo is that Alan appears to be a normal teenager who talks to his friends about girls activities with the girl that he likes he just wants to kiss her. However he says that he does want to do all the 'other things' because his mates pressure him to say it. ...read more.


Tommy and Miss Land's relationship is purely sexual; we know this because Tommy calls Estelle 'Miss Land' which not only shows that they don't know each other very well, but it also shows that she has a higher status than Tommy, and in those days status was very important. Ann also has a higher status than Alan. We know this because Ann lives in an expensive house, where as Alan lives in a cheap housing estate. This is another factor that makes Alan more depressed, because it proves even more, that Ann is out of Alan's league. Another important minor character in the play is the voice of cricket commentator, John Arlott. He acts as a chorus and comments upon Alan's predicaments; he is like Alan's thoughts or 'mind-monologue'. The fact that Alan's mind's voice is a Cricket commentator tells the audience a lot about Alan and what he focuses his life upon. For example when Alan thinks that his life is going well like when he gets to kiss Ann the commentary is good and the players are scoring lots of points but in contrast to that when Alan is feeling sad, the cricketers are not scoring and are doing really badly. ...read more.


That is an example of humour that Rosenthal has put in. Rosenthal uses a lot of humour whenever "P'tang yang Kipperbang" is the subject. Another example of this is when Geoffrey tries to say "ma�ana" to Ann but she just ignores him. This was my favourite bit in the play because it shows that Alan has finally beaten Geoffrey and that he's no better than Alan because he says "ma�ana is not soon enough for me", to himself. The road menders play a key role in commenting upon Alan's life. They act as a conceptual chorus pointing out, not only the problems that Alan faces, but the problems that everyone on the earth faces. They do this symbolically like when they say,"he'll be shaving next." They say this because they know that Alan is growing up. The strange thing is that they know exactly what's going on in Alan's life even though they have never spoken to each other. I believe that the road menders are Rosenthal's voice and that this is how he's expressing his opinions about life in the play. The way that Rosenthal portrays adolescence in this play is very similar to the way that he portrays adulthood. He believes that they are both very difficult to live through and he shows this using many different dramatic techniques. Phil Gornell Page 1 07/05/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

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