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Examine the way the idea of escape is presented in the use of character, dramatic devices, language & historical setting in the play, Our Day Out.

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Examine the way the idea of escape is presented in the use of character, dramatic devices, language & historical setting in the play, Our Day Out. Our day out was written by Willy Russell, he uses many ways to give the impression of escape such as language, historical content, dramatic devices and most of all, his characters. As well as creating this theme, around it, he makes a very good intriguing play. The main view of escape is through the children, especially Carol, a young girl in the 'Progress Class', living poorly and with no future ahead of her at all. Russell uses this background to show that Carol is indeed looking to escape from her life, she says things such as 'I don't want to go home miss' and 'Do you reckon I could live in one of them big houses?' Sayings such as these prove that Carol is indeed searching for a way out of her deadbeat life. ...read more.

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Also, when Carol wants to be left behind Mr Briggs comes out to be his real self I think, he is escaping from his harsh side to his good side, and another good point, at the end of the play he takes the children to the fair as 'You can't go to the beach without going to the fair,' he says. Inevitably though, at the end of the play he turns back into his cruel, usual self, like the children go back to their cruel, usual lives. On the trip, all of the children escape from their god forbidden lives, Digga and Reilly are the stereotypical deadbeat Liverpool children, always joking around and having a laugh, for example Reilly tries it on with one of the woman teachers, typical 'factory fodders'. As well as this, Linda, a girl in the play, likes one of the teachers, Colin, she thinks that if she marries him she will be able to escape from her life and be able to start a new one, in a big house as he is of a higher living standard. ...read more.

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The fact that the children have a scouse accent puts them down from the word go. Any single-minded person puts scousers into a category of thieves and scallys. It doesn't sound appealing to people living outside of Liverpool and they often get the stereotypical image. People are prejudiced towards the children and think that they are low lives. There is no hope for these children, members of the ironically named 'Progress Class'. The final technique Willy Russell uses is historical and social background. The setting for the play is Liverpool in the 1970's, a city that was poor and run down, the factories had closed and the less fortunate children left with no future, Mrs Kay says 'They were born for the factories, and now they're all gone.' The children aren't cared for by the council, ironically the lollipop man is blind; surely you need someone who can see the traffic to be a lollipop man? The council obviously didn't care. I think this shows that the council/government didn't care for the less fortunate people at the time. ...read more.

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