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P'tang Yang Kipperbang

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P'tang yang Kipperbang Essay "Good morning to you from Lords, and the second England-Australia Test Match of 1948. The Umpires are out...and the England fieldsmen. And here are the Barnes and Morris for Australia, out to the wicket to bat." This whole play is a huge analogy with cricket. The way the author uses John Arlott's commentary to reflect what's actually happening is very clever and utterly brilliant. Using John Arlott as the narrator of the play works very well even though he is commentating on the cricket. This is because the author makes the link between the play and cricket very clear. Maybe Jack Rosenthal wanted to express his views that life is like a game and so he decided to make this analogy with cricket. Using John Arlott as the narrator is probably the simplest but most original dramatic device in this play. In the first scene, the cricket match and Alan's dream are being described simultaneously. I personally imagine Alan as the batsman; Alan's goal is to hit the ball, or in other words, to kiss the girl. ...read more.


Abbo, who is highly shocked after finding out Shaz has been feeling up girls, keeps on asking questions such as: "Inside?", "She let you?", and "Actually inside her brassiere?" Shaz, who wants to look cool, tries to make no big deal out of it. At the end of the scene, we actually find out that Shaz didn't really touch the girl's breasts - he shrugged it off by saying: "Near enough...it's more than you've ever got!" This tells us that when it comes to girls, boys say and do all they can to exaggerate a point, and vice versa. This type of lying is very common among teenagers. As they go through puberty, boys tend to start thinking about the opposite sex more and more; boys were so desperate in Alan's school, that they queued up in a line to 'push' against a girl called Eunice, who in return got money for it: "Each boy, in turn, then presses his body against Eunice's for a moment with complete absence of passion." ...read more.


"'Next is...Geoffrey' ...some of them turn to Anne and giggle enviously". It's worth thinking why the girls turned to Anne when Geoffrey's name was read aloud. They also started giggling with envy, meaning that they were jealous of Anne. But why? That's easy - because Geoffrey likes her! The title of the play is called "P'tang Yang Kipperbang", a word made up by Alan and his friends. It is used for greetings and goodbyes. Making up words will always be part of the teenage years. I think making up words allows everyone to be much more relaxed and satisfied with what they're saying. Making up words seems to be the 'cool' thing to do. Examples of words Alan and his friends made up include "Pukedom vomitudinosity", "Pontoonicosity" and "Osculatory weediosity". The language used by the boys is very informal and when saying these words, it seems as if they're in their comfort zone. The made up words are just real words with fake suffixes added to the end of them. From these made up words, we find humour in the play, and we also find out more about school life in the 1940s. ...read more.

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