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'Occasionally an anti-climax can be surprisingly effective'- Andrew Crocker-Harris How successful is Ratttigan's The Browning Version' At all events it didn't take much...to realise I had become an utter failure as a schoolmaster.'- Andrew Crocker-Harris.

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Introduction

'Occasionally an anti-climax can be surprisingly effective'- Andrew Crocker-Harris How successful is Ratttigan's The Browning Version 'At all events it didn't take much...to realise I had become an utter failure as a schoolmaster.'- Andrew Crocker-Harris. Success is hard to come upon, as Crocker-Harris reflects upon his own life. To find whether Rattigans The Browning Version is successful, what makes a play successful must be considered. I believe this to be the provocation of emotion from the audience: catharsis, for example, relief, sadness, joy and pity. I also think that unexpected twists and subtleties are needed to separate an intelligent play from any ordinary one. The meaning of the word success from the dictionary is 'the achievement of what is attempted'. I think that Rattigans other aim, apart from catharsis was to show that any broken person can gain authority and respect, to truly show this so that every member of the audience feels that they too can make more of their lives. The Browning Version, to me, cannot be put into a certain genre: it has a comical touch, but if it had to be categorised it would be a tragedy. However I think that The Browning Version isn't one, even if there are elements of the tragic. This story does not end sadly: Andrew leaves his horrible wife in both films and the book, finds authority and respect, a happy ending. A tragedy, even a modern one should end sadly which is what is meant by this quote: 'the bad end unhappily, the good end unluckily. ...read more.

Middle

The Agamemnon is part of the Oresteia trilogy so it isn't a play that definitely ends, but continues onto the other two parts of the trilogy. However it gives more of a sense of finality than The Browning Version because it is the end of a chapter of the story: Clytemnestra and Aegisthus have murdered Agamemnon, the protagonist, and so this marks and ends it because the story was about Agamemnon himself. The Browning Version leaves us wondering: there is no final divorce that we hear about or any particular event that makes the ending final. Public schools at the time were still single sex and were very reminiscent of Tom Brown's School Days. Schools were the microcosm of a macrocosm of Britain and the British society. They were a mini community of their own in which nothing outside school touches the children, which I think causes a type of selfishness and possibly the hierarchy that appears in schools, as it does in society. Rattigan, I think, uses this effect of a mini community to give off a claustrophobic surrounding. I think that it is suffocating because the children are blocked off from the outside world and taken into the care of the teachers. As it was said of the 1951 film of The Browning Version, 'Rattigan's decision to open out the setting, showing other members of the school and adding a new ending, destroyed the tight, intense atmosphere of the original'. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is cold and cruel only to her husband then completely polite and 'nice' to other people, showing us what she is capable of doing. The first film is set in the forties while the second is set in the nineties. I think the forties a more effective time as it really brings out the snobbery and social hierarchy that was particularly typical of the forties. When put into the nineties, I was a little confused as to what time that film was set in. If the plot was more complex I think this would lead to confusion and less reality, which is why the simplicity of the plot works. The intense pity felt for Andrew would also be lost as the audience would have to 'share their pity' in a more complex plot. The plot definitely shows Andrews metamorphosis clearly and certainly makes the audience feel that they should do more with their life; to not become so downtrodden as Andrew does. In comparison to the ending of the Agamemnon I think that the ending to The Browning Version is better. I think that the ending to the Agamemnon is more of an anticlimax because it ends so finally, whereas The Browning Version could carry on in whatever way you imagine. I think that this makes The Browning Version successful. This play lets you make up your own ending and so is successful. The technique used by Rattigan in leaving the denouement open achieves what it is left open ended for. This would be to keep the audiences imagination running and evoke more emotions. Houmi Miura New Court ...read more.

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