• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Alan Bennet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Alan Bennet essays

  1. Studying Two Alan Bennett Monologues.

    The dog would be his department. I said, 'Yes, and whose province would all the little hairs be? ' What they both need is friends and family, to distract Irene from the goings on of her neighbours and to stop her from sending letters and to give Doris companionship.

  2. In A Lady of Letters how does Alan Bennett sustain the audiences interest in ...

    This can be seen as a dramatic twist in the play as this at-first harmless letter writing turns into something quite disruptive and malevolent. This can be further analysed as a metaphor which represents the character change of Miss Ruddock as the play develops.

  1. Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" monologues are described as being 'short stories'. With reference to ...

    When she suggested that Travis and the policeman have sexual intercourse but found out that the actor playing the policeman wasn't keen, her reaction to him is "I think he may have been gay too, he had a moustache".

  2. How does Alan Bennett reveal to us the character of Lesley and how do ...

    That's very interesting Simon. My brother in-law has a small power boat.' Her attempts to make an impact on the director do not work, but make a fool of her. Bennett is able to create a bigger idea on the reader by giving characters such as Lesley lack of self-knowledge.

  1. 'Write a critical appreciation, in which you compare at least two of Alan Bennett's ...

    So much so that she drinks her problems away and is a secret alcoholic. Her husband is at the very centre of her dissatisfaction, she feels pressured by the constraints and expectations of her role as vicar's wife, and her marriage is not all she wants it to be along with her sex life.

  2. Discuss the Theme of Isolation and Loneliness In 'Talking Heads'.

    Susan's cynical and often ironic remarks make the monologues quite humourous. Susan's loneliness stems from her husband's 'fan club' of church helpers. In the words of Princess Diana, she feels there are "three of us in this marriage". "We must cherish him" Susan's way of cherishing him is "with some

  1. Talking Heads - Alan Bennett.

    Each character keeps up a pretence of "normality" and Bennett shows us, through the eye of the camera, how each person struggles to maintain a facade. The characters don't seem to talk to the audience, but at it. Susan, the vicar's wife, tells the story of her alcoholism and rehabilitation.

  2. What are the different attitudes that the various teachers and students have towards education ...

    Go round the back or better still the side.? This approach to teaching makes Irwin a very interesting character to study in the History Boys as he manages to contradict every basic Historical fact he is faced with, be it Stalin or Henry the VIII.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work