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Explore the differences in Mr. Briggs's and Mrs. Kay's view of education in Our Day Out. Write about how the author presents views and character and how far you sympathise with them.

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Essay title: Explore the differences in Mr. Briggs's and Mrs. Kay's view of education in Our Day Out. Write about how the author presents views and character and how far you sympathise with them. The play, Our Day Out, written by Willy Russell is set in the inner city of Liverpool in the mid 1970's. Willy Russell chronicles a school outing to Conwy Castle with the school progress class. The progress class has a very bleak future and is underacheivers of their school. The title 'Day Out' reflects the poverty they are in, so a good day for them is more than they can expect. The two main characters in the play, Mrs. ...read more.

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In addition I will give my opinion. Mr. Briggs is an authoritarian; discipline and control is important in his working career. The quote that supports this point is, "sit down, now, come on move!" this shows that Briggs is very demanding as well as controlling to the children. This reveals that he has no respect for the children and lacks an amount of humility towards his pupils. In scene twenty, Mr. Briggs reminds Mrs. Kay his role on the day trip, "The Boss thought it might be a good idea if you had an extra member of staff." this demonstrates that he is in a position of power and supremacy. ...read more.

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It also reflects to Mr. Briggs personality as conceited and arrogant. On the contrary Mrs. Kay is more of a friendly and pleasant teacher, who is less formal. Unlike Mr. Briggs she persuades the children rather than demanding. "Now let's not have any silly name-calling" Mrs. Kay has a low tone of voice when she addresses to the children. Mr. Brigg's however always addresses the children with a high tone of voice, he is always shouting at them. This shows the contrast between Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Kay. In order to keep the children happy for the time being, she makes the children have a good day out. Whereas Mr. Briggs want the children to achieve something in a discipline way. Mrs. Kay has lost hope for the children. ...read more.

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