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How and why are each of the characters trapped in “Our Day Out”

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How and why are each of the characters trapped in "Our Day Out" By Jenna Sweet. Willy Russell was born in 1947 at Whiston near Liverpool. He was recognised as 'thinking' working class. He left school at the age of 15 with just one 'O level' gained in Technology. Willy Russell had uncertain ideas about his potential career, however he often thought of fulfilling his desire and becoming a writer. Paradoxically, he became a hairdresser. Subsequent to this he followed his desire to write, producing a range of songs. This obsession overwhelmed Willy Russell and it began to take over his hairdressing profession. Willy Russell began to work for several industrial companies. Still not content, he decided to depart to his full- time education. Willy Russell studied at St Catherine's College of Education where he became a dramatist. This led to his first play 'Blind Scouse'. In 1977 'Our Day Out' was published. At this particular duration of society, many people were suffering from unemployment. England was in deep recession. The coal miners went on strike; the factories were suffering from lack of employment. ...read more.


I feel Willy Russell has purposely chosen a zoo so the audience can laugh at diverse perspectives on certain aspects. In the play Our Day Out, some of the characters are very much at contrast to each other. Mr Briggs, a teacher is a very insecure character; his behaviour is due to not wanting people to see who he really is. His philosophy is that everything has to be organised and in place. An example of this is when he makes the pupils stand in a straight line. He comments 'Stop! Slater, walk... walk! You boy come here. Now stop'. Willy Russell is making a point that he is trapped in his own view and in reality, things aren't always as straightforward and in place as they seem. An example of this is when the children are in the shop and 'the counter cannot be seen for pushing, impatient kids'. If Mr Briggs were at the counter then this would not have occurred, as his own regimented ideas would have been practiced. Mrs Kay is quite the opposite. She is an easygoing character, and perhaps not very honest. ...read more.


However Mrs Kay corrects her by mentioning 'trees in Pilot Street'. Ronson is very much the outsider of the play. He regularly has his own ideas and opinions on matters. An example of this is when he is at the zoo with the other children. Ronson talks of his own opinion of the animals. Through this character Willy Russell is trying to comment that not everyone feels the same and it highlights that people should be encouraged to question and not take what they see on face value. This emphasises that all have different views, ideas and outlooks on life. Each opinion should be listened to, questioned, valued and considered equally. Digga and Reilly are mischievous characters. They smoke on the back seat of the coach even when deliberately asked not to smoke by the teachers. They are trapped by their ideas of taking risks. Throughout these characters Willy Russell is showing how weak the school system really is, incapable of controlling students. Willy Russell produced Our Day Out as a moving journey; I feel he is making the point that the journey will not move smoothly if people are trapped in their own thoughts and perceptions of life and are unwilling to change. ?? ?? ?? ?? 3 1 ...read more.

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