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How does the play wright, Bill Naughton, prepare the audience for the first appearance for Rafe on the stage? What are the audience expected to think about him?

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How does the playwright, Bill Naughton, prepare the audience for the first appearance for Rafe on the stage? What are the audience expected to think about him? 07817966841 224 1970 In this coursework I will be focusing on a play called "Spring and Port Wine". It was first performed in 1965 and is set about forty years ago. I am going to comment on how social and historical things have changed since then and how we as an audience are expected to think of the character called Rafe before his first entry in the play. At the start of the play in the stage directions we get a lot of information about what Rafe is like. We find out that he looks after his family by giving them a "comfortable, prosperous, working class home". This shows that he cares about his family. We also find out that he likes the house "spick and span" because in the stage directions we see that "everything is polished and well cared for". This gives us the idea of Rafe as being a perfectionist, and in those days the neighbours used to notice and judge people by looking at how clean their house was. We see that there is "nothing cheap or vulgar" in the house which shows that he can meet the expenses of the family and they are comfortably off. ...read more.


We also find out Rafe gets infuriated when he is insulted. We identify this when Wilfred says to Harold "don't you set him off" warning Harold not to talk disrespectfully about Rafe otherwise he will be outraged. We also start to notice Harold feels resentful towards Rafe, we know this when he says "why do we always have to wait for him for our tea? Who does he think he is?" This all show us that there is tension between Harold and Rafe. We perceive that Rafe is always defended by his daughter Florence; she is continuously protective towards him. We learn this when Harold wants to start tea without Rafe saying "lets all sit down and start tea right now" and Florence says "I'd like to see the day you dare". This shows us Rafe is strict, and Florence was alerting Harold of the consequences he would have to face if he started tea without his father. We also comprehend that Florence stands up for her father, we understand this when Betsy Jane says "I suppose you others have got to like it" and Florence says "and why shouldn't we?" This shows that she is defensive towards him. In the stage directions right before Rafe enters we, we see that the family starts to panic when Wilfred says"He's just turned the top of the crescent", they quickly rush to get the smell of smoke out, we know this when Daisy says" help me, waft this smoke about, quick". ...read more.


We see that the laying of the table a bit at a time adds up to the overall effect. We find out the characters enter one by one as the stage fills up with different characters. Each of the characters has their own impression of Rafe and we see that their comments help us build a picture of Rafe in our own mind. We also find out that money is an important theme all the way through the play. All this facilitate us to get our own notion of Rafe's characteristics. After reading the opening of the play we understand that the play is really about tensions in a family caused by a generation gap, we find out that Rafe is a very complicated person; we see he controls his family very well. We learn this by the manner in which he treats his wife over housekeeping money and would not go down well today. However his intentions are always laudable in that in that everything was done for the sake of his family. The playwright Bill Naughton has cleverly used different characters to describe him very well; the setting of the play was set in a way that the audience would have a good image of what Rafe is like before he enters the stage. 1TASNIM SADEK1 ...read more.

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