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How does Alan Bennett reveal to us the character of Lesley and how do we respond to her?

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How does Alan Bennett reveal to us the character of Lesley and how do we respond to her? "Her Big Chance" is a dramatic monologue written by Alan Bennett in 1988 as part of the twelve monologues in the book 'Talking Heads'. 'Talking Heads' are short monologues which consist of stories regarding people talking about an event in their lives. Bennett reveals the character of Lesley as being an 'actress' who is looking for a chance in the movie business. In the monologue Bennett gradually displays Lesley's character by using techniques such as dramatic devices and he also shows Lesley's character through people she interacts with. A monologue is a speech or talk made by one person to the audience. Lesley is the main protagonist who believes that she has a very successful acting career. 'Her Big Chance' is about how Lesley agrees to have an audition for a film, but during the filming she gets manipulated and tricked in to doing things the audience may feel as inappropriate, but she does not "'At least Gunther is giving me something I can relate to'. He says 'Right! Let's shoot it! Elbow the bikini bottom!'". She does not realise that she has been manipulated to remove her bikini bottoms. When Gunther said that the character Travis would do it, Lesley immediately agreed with him instead of being suspicious. ...read more.


Lesley seems not to notice that she is not fitting into the world of 'show biz' and makes excuses for people's actions. After they had finished shooting a sense, the crew went out to eat but did not invite Lesley. Instead of accepting this she made up and excuse 'More convincing if my headache was so bad I couldn't actually speak.' She knows that 'the rest of them had gone off to supper' but does not stop and ask herself why she was not invited to go with them. Alan Bennett makes the character Lesley seem arrogant, but really she is insecure of herself. By doing this it allows the audience to respond to Lesley as the character described in the book. Alan Bennett is able to do this because he uses varied writing techniques so that they may have a double meaning or no answer except for what the audience thinks. His work is described as a 'dark and discomforting thread'. He is able to insert hidden message in the way he writes, and also the language used. Alan Bennett was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, where he grew up and was educated. When growing up in an ordinary family with an ordinary life. He graduated in Oxford and while living there Bennett performed comedy with a number of future successful actors. ...read more.


In conclusion I think that Alan Bennett writes monologues such as 'her big chance' in a very humorous way, but there is a secret, which is hidden, yet perhaps subconsciously known, and isn't revealed by Bennett but left for the reader to reflect on; such as Lesley and her promiscuity. There is a sense of irony used by Bennett in 'Her Big Chance' which gives the audience the impression that Lesley is talking about giving her body 'acting is really just giving'. Lesley causes people to feel sympathetic towards her, because she is a woman who is seeking to be liked. Lesley tries to appear to be professional, and she does reiterate this throughout her speech, often saying she is a professional, and that she would rather curl up with a book. Yet, she is far from this, as she is made to seem not this, "You look an interesting person. I like interesting people". Bennett changes the perception that Lesley is 'professional', when she says "You won't be able to tell my tits from my goose pimples". Bennett is very successful in showing her lack of intelligence, foolishness and how she can't see these traits in herself, and it is at these things, we can laugh at her attempts to appear otherwise. Bennett is successful in revealing a character for whom they are. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vanessa Nhara 10R. English Ms. Trumen. 1 Vanessa Nhara 10R English Ms. Trumen ...read more.

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