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'In his Talking Heads plays Alan Bennett presents vivid portraits of human frailty and challenges us to respond to them'. Discuss this statement with references to

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Daniel Dowd 11J 15th September 2002 'In his Talking Heads plays Alan Bennett presents vivid portraits of human frailty and challenges us to respond to them'. Discuss this statement with references to "A Chip in the Sugar" and "Bed amongst the Lentils" In the play a Chip in the Sugar Alan Bennett shows us a life of a very unconfident man who still lives with his mum. Alan Bennett has put the play to us in the way he has so that we listen to the feelings there aren't any special effects unlike most modern films. We pick up on every little minor feeling or expression. There are special techniques used in the play though. In the play they use different camera shots but they sustain the same shot for a substantial amount of time. Different angles in the shots help gain effects on facial expressions. Which is an important part of this play. They used medium shots, which include most of the scene, and also long shots, which give a distanced view, but they are not used very often because all the focus is on Grahams face, but the camera technique that gained the best effect was close up. ...read more.

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We get involved with the tension of what is going to happen and it is similar to a diary because we don't know at the end of each scene what is going to happen and this is why it is a different kind of play. It is not like a normal play because it is not split up into acts and it is in scenes. A normal play would have actors and they would not be talking into the camera. There is only one actor in the play and normally he would try and act like he didn't know the cameras were there. From Grahams language we can tell that he is well educated because he says things differently. For example "Restored to the perpendicular." Normally we would say I got her to stand up. Another example of this is "The caf� we patronise." Someone with normal teaching and upbringing would say the caf� we normally go to. This shows that Graham is wasting his life living with his mum. In Bed Amongst the Lentils it also shows a nervous woman who could be viewed in two lights. It could be seen that she is evil and nasty for cheating on her husband or it could be that she is starved for attention. ...read more.

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We are the only people who can set the type of characters that they are to be throughout the story. The play is written and performed like this to challenge our established views. I think that Bennett has presented human frailty to us very well and has challenged the existing view towards modern outcasts to society. He has made us think who we would side with in certain situations. Like when Frank turns up everyone will originally think that Graham is just jealous but later on we find out the real truth about Frank and Mrs Whittaker reacts badly to the bad news but forgets about it the next day which makes me think about her memory problem, because when she is with Graham she forgets and when she is with Frank she remembers and I think this is because she can be lazy with Graham but when she is with Frank she has to remember things otherwise he might not like her. My personal views on Susan are that she is a very neglected woman who just wanted attention and after a while she realised she wasn't going to get it she turned to something that she thought made her happy. The alcahol, and the affair. This is her only relief from the life of the church and the way she is forced to live so that Graham does not look bad in front of friends. ...read more.

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