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How does Russell present theme through his characters in 'our day out'? Is Russell successful at communicating these themes to his audience.

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How does Russell present theme through his characters in 'our day out'? Is Russell successful at communicating these themes to his audience. Willy Russell the author of Our Day Out has had his equal share of scrapes and he bases this onto some of his characters in our day out like the very unfortunate Carol Chandler who we see first out of the pupils and she has come to school with her school uniform which we read in the script doubles as her Sunday best clothes and a plastic bag with all her school stuff in and by this we can see that the youth of Liverpool in the late 1970's because of the employment crisis which put 3 and a half million people out of jobs. With this we see that the first themes is presented Deprivation and isolation with Carol because it isn't obvious that she has any friends and she is alone on her way to school and she is deprived of a school bag ...read more.

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are guzzling lemonade by the litres and scoffing down chocolate and they quickly disappear when Ronnie gets back on and he even offers to buy the kids more sweets just shows how gullible bus drivers are. There is a real strong feeling of aggression when Reilly and Digga start smoking but that's the attitude of older pupils that think they can get away with bullying smaller kids. Throughout the entire play we have a real feeling of nihilism, which basically means deprivation for the pupils, and even some of the teachers because they are all affected by the employment crisis. With Carol she is quite innocent during the play because she has no friends and she stays with Mrs Kay for most of the time because she feels safe and she feels the fact that deprivation has nearly ruined her live as well as anyone else there and she doesn't want to go back to that life and she wants to stay in Wales where its nicer than her ...read more.

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from Briggs the man that could hate every child in the world to Briggs the man that could love and care about every child in the world we also see a contrast with Mrs Kay were she has given up hope on the kids and they will become nothing more than factory fodder and that's that. Russell puts these several themes across in many ways from the way the characters speak to the stage directions that move them with quotes like Mrs Kay: "Teach them? Teach them what? You'll never tech them because nobody knows what to do with them." And Mr Briggs saying: "The minute we start to treat you like real people, what happens? That man was right, you act like animals, animals!" the part of the quote highlighted shows that the pupils are classed as people who are not taken seriously and not allowed to be called real people and then there's a contrast with Briggs and Mrs Kay goes back to the nice one again. ...read more.

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