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Look at the Way Tension is Built up in Scene 35. Examine the Characters of Mr. Briggs and Carol Chandler and Explain how Language adds to the Dramatic Effect of this Scene.

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Look at the Way Tension is Built up in Scene 35. Examine the Characters of Mr. Briggs and Carol Chandler and Explain how Language adds to the Dramatic Effect of this Scene. 'Our Day Out' is a play by Willy Russell about a school trip. The trip is undertaken by the Progress Class, also known as the remedial/S.E.N class. Mrs. Kay teaches the Progress Class and has organized the trip. "Y' go down there in the week if y' can't do sums or writing. If y' backward like." At the very beginning of the play Carol explains to Les, the lollipop man, what the progress class is. The progress class is part of an inner-city comprehensive school in a rough area of Liverpool. The trip is to Conwy Castle in Wales but has many unscheduled trips going and coming back. The stops include a trip to the zoo, a beach and the fair. The trip has no educational value and as Mrs. Kay says just before they leave "We want everyone to enjoy themselves." Mrs. Kay says this because she knows that the children won't have many days like this in their lives so she wants to make it a good day out for them. ...read more.

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As Susan stares straight at him, Reilly smiles bravely. Reilly's smile gradually disappears as she gets closer. She steps straight up to him-almost against him. Reilly looks anywhere but at her." This gives Mr. Briggs the fuel he needs and when they discover that Carol has disappeared Mr. Briggs turns against them. "And you listen sonny. Don't try telling me a word because you haven't earnt the right. Don't worry, when we get back to school, your number's up. As well as hers (He motions to Mrs. Kay) And you ( to Susan), I saw what was going on back there between you and Reilly. When we get back, I'll have the lot of you!" That speech shows Mr. Briggs true colours and from that we can tell that he isn't joking. This brings a lot of tension to scene 35. In scene 32 the trip arrives at the beach and Mrs. Kay is walking around with Carol. Carol is a pathetic girl who has, by the way she speaks, obviously had a neglected child hood. Carol doesn't like it in Liverpool and keeps asking the question "When do we have't go home?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Briggs once more and he decides that he will not tell anyone back at school what she did. That lets the tension drop but it is soon built up again with the final stage direction of that scene: "She turn and looks down at the drop then back at Briggs's outstretched arm. Carol lifts her hand to his. She slips. Briggs grabs out quickly and manages to pull her to him. Briggs wraps his arms around you her." Mr. Briggs then decides to take the trip to the fair. The language in this scene makes a real difference as it helped to create and build up the tension as well as let it drop. Scene 35 is very important and the language as well as the setting brings a great amount of tension to the play. To conclude I feel that without the scene the play would be an anti climax which would have no point. Willy Russell writes this part of the play excellently and helps us to understand that this is important for us to get to know the real Carol Chandler. If it had happened earlier on in the play it wouldn't have hade the same effect. ...read more.

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