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How has loneliness and alienation of the characters in the talking heads monologues been created through the use of tragi-comedy?

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How has loneliness and alienation of the characters in the talking heads monologues been created through the use of tragi-comedy? "Talking heads" by Alan Bennett is a collection of monologues in which the audience are showed into the life of a character and given an insight into the character's personality and situation. peoples lives are portrayed in comic ways leaving the audience feeling sympathy and guilt for the character in laughing at their misfortune. Monologues are a long speech made by one person.cofc fcr sefcfcw orfc fck infc fofc fc. This style of script is really effective and has a powerful effect on the audience. These monologues were written for television broadcasting, programmes presented in this way are put under the genre of tragi-comedy. This style of script has a dramatic effect upon the audience because from one statement , several emotions arise, for example Irene writing to someone informing them that their wife is a prostitute it is comic that she would care to write a letter about something that does not concern her of this sort of information but in another way it displays pathos because she is has enough time to spare to have such an interest in finding out information such as this. The talking heads monologues often give an exaggerated story largely influenced by the environment and era in which the characters live in. For example Doris' jaded views of nursing homes which are perhaps stereotypically nursing homes from the era in which she brought up in. ...read more.


For the first time she says "I'm so happy," this suggests that her malicious, tactless and interfering personality only arises through her isolation and when put in a situation such as prison she thrives and even drops her dominant past time of writing-"I never have time to write it up, I'm three days behind as it is." Irene's writing habits were most probability an act done to gain recognition, something which she has never had till she goes to prison. Lesley's monologue is called 'her big chance' Lesley is an actress who has little experience in her profession. She is always looking for further ways to extend her career and she takes part in porn film. eNRukN3o Visit coursework ef in ef fo ef for ef more essay ef Do ef not ef redistribute eNRukN3o Doris' monologue is called 'cream cracker under the settee' during her monologue she talks of her tragic nostalgia. The still birth of her child which she seems to have never quite gotten over. Austen obfuscated emily123's realism . Finally Irene's monologue is called 'lady of letters' which is about Irene and the annoyance she causes by sending these letters which cause deep offence, she eventually ends up in prison. 2zxNYN from 2zxNYN coursewrok 2zxNYN work 2zxNYN info 2zxNYN In 'her big chance' it is clear that Lesley is largely influenced by the political and social status of the 1980's in her expression of her disregard for sex. ...read more.


This hypothesis from www.coursework.info To show loneliness it is necessary to incorporate much of the background to show that they are isolated. In the scene where Irene is in prison the bars over the window are shown clearly to represent her being in prison. The room is very dark which shows that perhaps a dark shadow has been cast over her. At the beginning she is also shown next to a window which emphasises her habit of looking out on the neighbourhood watching people as apposed to being actively involved. "The key note is participation" this quote shows irony as Irene takes little or no part in anything apart from writing her unnecessary malicious letters. Lesley, Doris and Irene all commonly stereotype people which displays irony as they fit into 3 groups of people which are well known to be stereotyped: porn stars, o.a.p's and interfering busy-bodies. "When I saw his vest it had electrician written all over it." Lesley says on meeting a man with a tattoo. I think these stereotypical associations are made due to their ignorance towards different cultures, classes and race.cocd cdr secdcdw orcd cdk incd focd cd. As a conclusion to this essay I feel that Alan Bennett has created these monologues effectively through the use of pathos which is present through all the monologues. He enforces feeling brought about by the pathos with metaphors as well as clich� phrases. The television episodes are simple but effective in setting an atmosphere appropriate to the monologue. He brings the characters to a level which we can all relate to in some way which makes the impact of tragedy far deeper.coff ffr seffffw orff ffk inff foff ff. ...read more.

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