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How does Bennett explore the 'ordinary, uneventful, desperate' aspects of life through literature?

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How does Bennett explore the 'ordinary, uneventful, desperate' aspects of life through literature? Alan Bennett's characters (in Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance and Bed Among the Lentils) possess similar qualities of being 'ordinary, uneventful and desperate' as their lives can be viewed as being dull, mundane and monotonous. Using dramatic monologue, not only is Bennett able to explore the different aspects of life, but also make it easier for us (the reader) to understand and ultimately appreciate the themes brought forward. The monologue style allows us to hear the biased views of the narrator as we are able to see through them and thus allowing us to empathize for the characters. Ordinary, uneventful and desperate are major aspects of life, just as much as love and death. To the 'naked eye', the three might appear to be mutually exclusive but in fact the word ordinary and desperate does have a connection. After all, it is normal to become desperate and when someone is constantly desperate, it totally becomes ordinary. Often, people are in denial and tend to hide the reality by slightly twisting it. The twist is only made more apparent cause of the fact that this is a monologue. ...read more.

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Because the character Susan is an alcoholic we begin to see her problems and realize that not only is she lonely, but she is also desperate, sexually deprived, as a result she seeks sexual satisfaction from Mr. Ramesh. Moreover, Bennett also explores the uneventful life through loneliness which is also brought forward by the character's large appetite for self-absorbed gossips. The character Susan constantly gossips to us (the audience), about other characters such as Mrs. Shrubsole because she thinks is better that others and thus more intelligent. Therefore, the character Susan feels 'trapped' because she is too educated and is trapped by her intellect. The fact that they are 'talking in their heads' emphasizes the point that they are 'trapped'. The character Susan sees the absurdity of the lives of her society but cannot escape it, because she is not able to use her powers of analysis in her mind, trapping her as she in controversial in her mind. On the other hand, other characters are not as educated because they use clich�s which could be Bennett's device to indicating how dull and uneventful life can be for there is no sense of originality. ...read more.

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Bennett explores the theme desperate by making Susan a pathetic character, we often feel pathetic for characters who are desperate. In Talking Heads, Susan is not a tragic hero because she suffers in silence and never realizes her goals as she challenges society only in her 'talking heads'. Her change in appearance represents her attempt to conform to the expectations of her society. Mr. Ramesh represents both her 'zenith' and 'nadier' in that he rescues her from her trap of alcoholism but then abandons her to the habit of Alcoholic Anonymous and the tedious routine of her life. Indeed her clothes symbolizes the pathetic nature of her supposed transformation, she is just as trapped at the end as she was at the start. Because she showed us her dream but never pursues it, this makes her pathetic and not a hero. There are many ways in which Bennett explores the different aspects of life, but the most important one is dramatic monologue as other devices such as self-revealing irony would not have been used if the story is not a monologue, subjective and biased. Bennett is also able to explore the different aspects of life by the title, Talking Heads, the only reason things only take place in your head is because you're lonely. Page 1 Taveephol Chardtumrong 12J - ...read more.

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