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GCSE: Shirley Valentine
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For example another kitchen sink drama "A Taste of Honey" which is set in the 1950s/60s in Northern England is a much more typical of the genre as it is much grittier than Shirley Valentine there is also a lack of hope in "A Taste of Honey" and a lack of humour compared to Shirley Valentine. The play tells us that the majority of working class women are housewives and not treated suitably by their husbands. The husbands usually go out to work and would come home expecting everything done for them for example their supper.
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For instance, how she is treated by her husband almost like a slave, how she is treated by her daughter who took her for granted, how she was treated by her intolerant teachers and finally the fact that she was born into a lower class. I believe that Russell is successful at making his readers feel sorry for her and in doing so he becomes a supporter of female rights. Russell writes the play with characters trapped in realistic social situation.
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On top of this Willy Russell grew up in a materialistic atmosphere, this taught him to view the world for many women during the 1980's. This story portrays Willy Russell's life except it's in a more entertaining way. Will Russels uses many characters in the Shirley Valentine to make us sympathise for Shirley. One of the main characters is Millandra, Millandra treats her mother Shirley with a lack of respect, she expects her mother to do all the work for her.
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This whole story is linked to Russell's past. Russell was born in Whiston; Liverpool in 1947.The story is also based in Liverpool where Shirley lives. His family were working class just like Shirley was. He also grew up in a very maternalistic atmosphere, and so he learnt the about how women view the world. This is why the protagonist of this screenplay is a woman. This story portrays the writers life in a more different and entertaining way. He also makes you remember who we are and to always be yourself.
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Allowing us to feel sympathy towards her. Chronologically the earliest flash back was of high school when she was discriminated against for being working class, for example once the head mistress said "oh do put your hand down Shirley you could not possibly know the answer" which was clear discrimination of her originating from a working class background. That quote indicated the unfairness of Shirley's school life of being mistreated and outcast by people who have not even met her.
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This essay is going to answer the question 'How Does Russell Invite the Audience to Sympathise with Shirley?' Russell invites us to sympathise for Shirley in a variety of ways. For example when Shirley talks to the wall "Hello Wall" this shows loneliness because she has no-one to talk to. Shirley then turns to the camera asking "Well what's wrong with that?" as if what she was doing was perfectly normal. Another way in which we sympathise for Shirley is when she talks about her relationship with Joe when they were young "He used to laugh, Joe. We both did" showing that their life has become much quieter for both of them and they are bored with each other.
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This shows us that she is so bored out of her mind that she resorts to talking to the wall. As she is talking to the wall this shows the audience that she is very lonely and this makes the audience sympathetic to Shirley. Another technique that the author uses in the play is that as this play is a monolog it is only herself talking and there is no-one else, just like in her life, she is telling the audience things but she is directing it at the wall, "Don't I wall?"
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Most of the sketches show Shirley doing housework, very bored and lonely housewife. Willy Russell employed many dramatic devices to present Shirley Valentine as a very ordinary, working class middle aged housewife. Dramatic devices such as the deliberate choice of the Liverpool accent and the monologue when Shirley talks to the wall were selected intentionally to highlight her utter loneliness and maybe even lack of confidence and personality. This is pointed out when she says " I like a glass of wine when I'm doin' the cookin'. Don't I wall? Don't I like a glass of wine when I'm preparing the evening meal?"
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How does the dramatic technique used in the play help the audience to understand the importance of Shirleys transformation?
Following this he did a variety of jobs, including stacking stockings in the warehouse; this is probably why he portrays the working class family simply as helpless victims. By the time he was twenty he wanted to become a poet and eventually went on to become a play write. Russell wrote the screenplay in 1989, the genre that 'Shirley Valentine' belongs to is kitchen sink drama. Kitchen sink drama is straight-laced realism with a focus on working-class life, social problems and relationships.
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His ability to compose and story tell and his interest in drama, all facilitated the fact that he was able to write the successful screen play 'Shirley Valentine'. Having worked in the women's hairdressing profession he was able to develop ideas for 'Shirley Valentine', due to the womanly influence around him and the gossiping about their lives. He wrote the play so lower class people, especially woman, could relate to an Everywoman protagonist. The lives of Russell and Shirley are some what similar: both unacademic, both lived in Liverpool, this suggests that he wrote the screen play showing his struggles through a female voice.
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Similarly, The colour schemes used in the images are blues and purples which symbolises a connotation of sadness and depression, also the colour white indicates plain/ emptiness, these visual devices show a replication of the Shirley's life as a whole. Shirley has an unsociable life and that builds up to her being a woman with a lack of confidence and a woman who avoids any form of confrontation, in order to get by in life . To add to this, the song's lyrics portrays the link between Shirley "the girl who used to be me, used to be free".
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The author of Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell was born in Whiston, Liverpool. He left school at the age of 16 (similar to Shirley) with 1 'o' level. He went into hairdressing but always dreamed of being a writer. The genre of this story is based on the term 'kitchen-sink drama'. Kitchen-sink dramas end unhappily and have a more realistic representation of a social life. The title sequence and opening scenes of Shirley Valentine represent the unvaried life of Shirley Valentine represent the unvaried life of Shirley. At the beginning there are many different water-colour drawings of Shirley at different times.
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Furthermore, Russell always dreamed of being a writer although he went into hairdressing. This is also another links to Shirley due to the fact that she always dreamed of changing her miserable and monotonous life. It furthermore deals with domestic issues mainly, and is set in a working class environment and 'Shirley Valentine' certainly reflects this. Russell satirises feminism in the play by introducing Shirley's best friend Jane who believes in feminism, only because of her past experiences with her husband. Yet, Jane proves to be a hypocrite as she flirts with the first man she meets on the flight to Greece and it is Shirley who becomes self-sufficient and a positive role model for women.
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Shirley is portrayed as a sad house bound woman, forgotten, not appreciated nonexistent (not liteary) ["anymore"] and a woman with a loss of identity. "A girl is born to fly;" This is shown as a metaphor, as she is supposed to be free but is trapped. The lyrics in the film prepare and give us many clues to what the film is going to be about and how the character is. The sounds we have are beautifully sung but with a twist, as it is infused with the characters sorrows and boring lifestyle. Again it shows us how people feel towards her, what she thinks of herself and what she thinks, other people feel about her, "Shirley Valentine just wasn't there any more, a girl was born to fly: all her dreams, dreams are broken".
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How do the dramatic techniques used in the play help the audience to understand Shirley's transformation?
Unfortunately he only managed to obtain one 'O' level in English which demonstrated the lack of courage and influence that was given to him. The play is further influenced by the literary traditions of 'kitchen sink drama' in a variety of different ways. Kitchen Sink Drama describes plays that encircle the stressful yet ordinary lives lead by typical working class families. The play is about challenging the status quo and exploring change. It is certainly a class-conscious message; but it's also about the idea of personal growth.
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The play was written by Willy Russell; he was born in 1947 and raised in Liverpool. Russell was brought up in a working class family. He writes about his early adult experiences, by working as a ladies hair dresser and always hearing working class people's stories. The genre of the play is influenced by kitchen sink drama because it concerns working class lives, social problems and relationships. The play includes working class lives and relationship problems to fit in with kitchen sink drama. Although it is situated in Liverpool house at the beginning it is no totally a kitchen sink drama as unlike typical kitchen sink dramas it does not end in depressing note..
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He uses words like 'you little bugger' and 'you're a bloody head case'. Some people may find this offensive but I think it sets a joyful scene. The language is appropriate and funny. Russell uses the swear words to a good quantity, enough to not get too rude and enough to have a laugh about. There is a bit of word play used as well like when Shirley say's 'here, Van Gogh' and Joe replies 'this is for you moaning Lisa' this shows that they are young, happy and free.
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After this he began to write comical songs and then he began to write scripts. His first play 'Blind Scouse' was premiered at Edinburgh festival and then in 1990 he wrote 'Shirley Valentine'. Kitchen sink drama deals with working class people and their everyday lives, and this is related with Shirley as this play deals with her everyday life. Kitchen sink drama relates with 'Shirley Valentine' in many aspects and this play may be influenced by kitchen sink drama. 'Shirley Valentine' deals with Shirley's everyday life which is similar to kitchen sink drama The opening credits of the film depict cartoon pictures of Shirley doing domestic chores of a stereotypical woman's life.
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She decided that we should no longer be living in a welfare state. A state that Edward Heath created after the war to give the country stability. He provided Britain with The NHS, housing estates, better education, transport and benefits leading to TAX and National Insurance. Thatcher believed the state should now have a lesser role and people would have to work themselves out of poverty. Margaret Thatcher was responsible for the 'right to buy' scheme. Enabling council house residents to buy their homes at a discounted rate.
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We see a picture of her street dissolve to the actual street and enter her household. The first time we see Shirley is when she walks into shot wearing a dull grey Mac and wearing very restrained and plain clothing. This shows this that she doesn't want to be noticed. This also possibly suggests that she doesn't care about the way she presents herself and the way she looks. However, the persistence of her wearing very noticeable earrings demonstrates that there is promise for her becoming an extroverted character. Wearing bold and colourful earrings in the 1980's also means that you were very out-going and keen which also is a sign that Shirley would like to be a bit more like her earrings and less like the other clothes that she wears.
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Shirley Valentine - How do the dramatic techniques used in the play help the audience to understand the importance of Shirley's transformation?
The play "Shirley Valentine" was written by Willy Russel. His life experience influenced the play because for six years he did a jod he didn't understand or like. He also lived in Liverpool like Shirley. He used to work in hairdressers so he knew alot about women. Like Shirley he makes a big change in his life by moving away from the job he did for 6 years. The play is influenced by Kitchen Sink Drama it starts as a kitchen sink drama but ends optimistic.
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How do the dramatic techniques used in the play help audience to understand the importance of Shirley's transformation?
This job connected Russell to women and their lives where he was able to socialise with many women and gained an inside view of how they felt. Russell combined his problems in life to working class women, creating the relationship between Shirley and her life. Russell satirises feminism in the play by introducing Shirley's best friend Jane who believes in feminism, only because of her past experiences with her husband. But Willy Russell mocks feminism as Jane goes of with another man.
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A Beautiful Thing coursework The character of Sandra has many good characteristics. One of these is her generosity. For example
Sandra also comes across as a very hard working character both at home and at work. For example she won barmaid of the year awards despite being a single parent and having to raise a child on her own. A quote that shows that Sandra is hardworking would be "This is my living and I'm bloody good at it". This again shows Sandra determination to do better she works hard and is very proud of what she achieves. Another of Sandra's good qualities would be the fact that she is very accepting. The main example of this would be when she accepts Jaime when he tells her that he is gay.
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How do the dramatic techniques use in the play help the audience to understand the importance of Shirley's transformation? You should refer to the significance of the play's social and historical (settings, attitudes to women
Shirley if cleaning and cooking, this tells us what her life is like, boring. You could see that she is tired of living out her life in an ordinary marriage, with very little going on, she has all this Unfulfilled Potential which she desperately wants to overturn. The words of the soundtrack are very cleverly adapted to the sketches shown. They tell the everyday life story of a woman that has ended up in a place where she does not want to be.
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How does Willy Russell use dramatic devices to allow the audience to see many different sides of Shirley
This technique of writing is used to highlight the fact that she is a very bored, lonely housewife. The Liverpudlian accent chosen deliberately by the author represents a working class middle aged housewife. This is another dramatic device to show that there is nothing 'high status' about her lifestyle; she is very ordinary. Another major dramatic device used by Willy Russell, is that in the monologue, Shirley talks to the wall, which highlights her utter loneliness and maybe even lack of self worth, the only thing that is interested in her is the wall. This is pointed out when she says " I like a glass of wine when I'm doin' the cookin'.
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