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OUR DAY OUT :- THE EFFECTS OF CHARACTER IN ACTION THE USE OF DRAMATIC DEVICES and THE LAYERS OF MEANING IN LANGUAGE, IDEAS AND THEMES Writers are influenced by the historical times in which they live. Everyday of their lives, what they say and the way they act is influenced by the time in which they live. The 70s influenced Willy Russell in his writing. There are many examples of this in Our Day Out such as the style of the fair and the shop, the way the characters speak and the things that are going on, for example the description of the economic slump at the time. One of the reasons for Britain's industry being in decline was, that it was unable to be competitive on price against other countries who had new technology. The technology increased productivity and reduced costs through the use of less labour. As a result, some of the main industries in Britain had great financial difficulty and had to close down or reduce the work force causing a loss in jobs and high unemployment. This caused poverty and meant that people could not afford decent property and had to move into council homes. Class differences occurred, dividing people who had money and decent homes from people with little money and poor homes or no home at all. Willy Russell's writing was inspired by experiences when he was a teacher at a comprehensive school. Whilst he was a teacher at the school, he accompanied a teacher of a remedial department on a trip to Conwy castle and a zoo. At the last minute a deputy head of disciplinarian behaviour also joined the party creating a potential recipe for disaster. ...read more.


She hates him. We all hate him." Mr Briggs seems quite upset about these children and their lives which they live, he tells Andrew's to try and stop smoking. At first he doesn't seem to understand what the children are telling him, it takes him a while to realise how poor they are. The kind of language between the teachers and the children also shows social disadvantage, the children have a very limited vocabulary and strong accents whereas the teachers don't. The children speak a non-standard dialect, but the teachers speak the prestige form of language. In the shop the kids disagree with the prices of the sweets and steal because they can't afford it. The shopkeepers think they are getting loads of money, to find out later that they didn't get anything. This shows that they often steal, as they don't have much money and are quite experienced at it. Some of them might even be encouraged by their own parents to steal. On the coach Linda is explaining to Jackie how she is going to marry someone with a decent income and treats women with decency. Jackie doesn't see this as a reality. JACKIE "Oh don't be mental. You'll never get a husband like sir. You'll end up marryin' someone like your old feller." When they go to the zoo none of the children have seen some of the animals there and are quite confused at some of the things they see. BRIGGS "And a bear is an extremely dangerous animal. You see those claws, they could leave a really nasty mark." ANDREWS "Could it kill y'sir?" ...read more.


In this scene Mr Briggs and Carol seem to bond a bit, Carol threatening to jump off the cliff increases the drama. Mr Briggs lightens up after he gets Carol down and he even tells the driver to take them to the fair. They go to the fair and before they leave to add a bit of comedy after the seriousness at the cliff, Ronson asks Mr Briggs if they can go again tomorrow. The social environment of the fair influences Mr Briggs; I wouldn't imagine him to be wearing a cowboy hat anywhere else. When they get back to Liverpool Reilly realises how horrible the place he lives in actually is and some of the others seem to as well. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun at the fair even Ronny who at the beginning was incredibly weary of the kids getting on the bus with sweets and lemonade. The goldfish that Carol won in the bag is like herself, she is stuck in the inner city of Liverpool and it is almost impossible for her to get out of her lifestyle. The concerns of Willy Russell in this play are very much 70s related and I believe that it was probably written near the end of the 70s or early 80s. I don't think that all of Willy Russell's concerns are still relevant in today's life, there aren't many factory jobs but there are many other jobs that require little qualification. Although this is the case there are still problems of social disadvantage present, people are split up into classes and if someone wears cheap clothes for example they will get teased at school or people look down on them. Willy Russell Andrew Whitelock 4G. 1 ...read more.

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