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Explore the idea that it is Bennett’s ability to create a Unique voice for each of his characters which provides The main interest in these monologues.

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Sam Clayton 12I Explore the idea that it is Bennett's ability to create a Unique voice for each of his characters which provides The main interest in these monologues. After reading Bennett's monologues it was clear that the story line was not the only thing which provides an interest. Therefore, after analysing them it became clear that it was the acute methods Bennett uses to create his characters that provided the main interest. His characters are realistic, but he is also able to skew the characterisations just enough to achieve caricature, while retaining the audiences sympathy and belief. Also his subtle sense of humour adds to the entertainment level, while brightening up an otherwise tragic and depressing set of short stories. While none of his characters intend to add humour, Bennett makes each of them speak in ways which cause the audience to laugh either at their situations or their turn of phase, for example, in " A chip in the sugar" Graham's mothers comment " he has been up for exposing himself in a Sainsburys doorway, at Tesco you could understand it". In fact the humour mostly comes from the seriousness of the characters, all of which use what they perceive to be appropriate language to recount their stories. The audience, therefore, laughs at their situations and at their pretentious behaviour and often their ignorance within those situations. ...read more.


Her story, like others, a episodic narrative portrays an "old school" - a " memsahib" type woman whose life is run almost on military lines, these military lines are the main influence in her unique voice which does provide the interest in this monologue, (even the title suggesting roots of the army) with such quotes as "people trooping through the house" and "buck up girl", even at her husbands funeral she refuses to let the side down by " blubbering". Combing such terminology with rather "horsy" language for this character, with a great deal of public school colloquialisms, Bennett manages to have emerge a rather overbearing woman at first. But what also slowly emerges is the facade she is maintaining, like all the other characters in the collection, and it is this discovery of this facade that the audience undertakes that adds huge interest to these monologues. The way Bennett uses his ability to create a unique voice to his advantage is the key to his success and the interest of the monologues. He uses each characters voice to earn sympathy from the audience and so as to have the key characters somehow liked by the audience. If you look at all Bennett characters one of the consistent features is that all have an invisible barrier between themselves and the "real" world. Each character is inadequate in some way which they keep hidden from the world (and in some cases themselves) ...read more.


Of course they are one dimensional, being seen through the biased eyes of a jealous son, Graham. However this was always Bennett's intent, part of the fun with Frank and Vera is how much Graham resents them and the situation so much that he exaggerates their annoying habits of behaviour, appearance and most importantly speech, which gives us an idea of not only what they are like but also what kind of a person Graham is. Overall Bennett has written a collection of fantastic monologues, in which he has created a unique voice for each character. It is this unique voice that makes the characters easy to envisage, interesting and entertaining. He has done this by carefully crafting their language, reactions to situations and behaviour to mould many complex characters, careful not to give too much away but to leave space for us, the audience to fill in. He shows the self-preservation that people use when discussing themselves and small hints at untruthful comments to display to its audience there is more than meets the eye. At no time in any of the monologues are we told the full facts, we are left to make our own assessments of them, using our own perceptions, opinions and perhaps our own prejudices, too. The fact that Bennett can create this unique voice helps us view the persons account in a far more cynical way, forcing us to make up our own account of what actually happened, this is what I feel provides the main interest in these monologues. ...read more.

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