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How important is it that "Our Day Out" has multiple settings?

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Philip O' Hare, 12S. English Literature Coursework- "Our Day Out". How important is it that "Our Day Out" has multiple settings? The play "Our Day Out" is a microcosm of the world around us focused on the "economically and socially deprived" part of it. The play is based in a time when there is high un-employment and there is a noticeable difference between the rich and the poor in society. The play itself tells the story of a group of schoolchildren from the "Progress Class" from a Liverpool school who go on perhaps one of the biggest journeys of their lives. These children are indeed from the poorer sector of the community and the name "Progress Class" you could argue was a name for students from that category. The children go to Wales. The play is anything but a two-dimensional kids show, it goes much deeper that that. The play has multiple themes and settings and the writer, Willy Russell, has cleverly inserted some very complex and serious issues into what appears to be kids entertainment. He has captured the language of Liverpool, for example, in splendid detail, "You do an' I'll gob y", just one of the many lines in the play that stands out for its use of accent. ...read more.

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Another character, which only gets mentioned at the start, though I feel his contribution is significant, is the Principal. He says, referring to the Progress Class and Mrs Kay, "She keeps them well out of the way". This shows that even the Principal has no respect for these children. As well as the issues I have mentioned, there are a significant number of physical locations mentioned in the play. This is an important part of this play because without these different settings there would not be some of the serious themes that were dealt with. As well as the issues I have mentioned, there are a significant number of physical locations mentioned in the play. This is an important part of this play because without these different settings there would not be depth in the play that there is. As the students get on the bus, we see a different side to Mrs Kay as she lies to the bus driver so that the kids can eat on the bus, saying such things, as "Lemonade never touches their lips". This lying is not what we would usually associate with Mrs Kay. The bus journey itself, is relatively normal for a group of schoolchildren. We see Briggs keeping them all well disciplined and quiet. ...read more.

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Carol goes walkabout. The group look for her and Mr Briggs finds her on the edge of a cliff. Briggs sees her on the edge of the cliff yet he still insists on bounding his authority upon her, "Now just you listen here, young lady...". Carol says, "Try an' get me an' I'll jump over." Briggs, shouting now tells her to come down, yet he still cares only for himself, "Just what are you tryin' to do to me?". He shows no sign of care for Carol, just for himself. Eventually, he does persuade her to come down and the two, after this near death experience, seem to have bonded. From what I have mentioned, it is clear to see that there are multiple settings, and that there are very serious aspects raised in the play. But what I feel is significant is that without all these settings this play would have no depth. The play would be a simple kids show with no real meaning at all. The different settings and the different ways the different characters respond to them is what makes the story so superior. For example, without the cliff we wouldn't know that much without Carol, and without Carol we wouldn't have her interesting background to look at, and without interesting pieces like this, the story would be quite two dimensional. ...read more.

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