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

Our Day Out analysis

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Adam Warlow. Analysis of "Our Day Out". In this essay I have been given the task to analyse a stage play called "Our Day Out". This play was written in 1977 by a man called William Russell. Willy Russell was born in 1937 in Winston, Lancashire. He grew up in Knowsley's, a village just outside Liverpool. He described his school, Woodfall secondary as "chaotic, badly run. It was March 1971 that Russell discovered he wanted to be a play writer. He wrote his first play "John, Paul, George, Ringo ...and Bert" about The Beatles In the play there is a class called the 'Progress Class', this is mainly what the story is based on. The Progress Class is for children who are slower learners than most pupils, and most teachers don't understand the special needs these children require except, Mrs Kay is one of the more laid back teachers that do. Also in the Progress class there is little enthusiasm for the children to learn or even to try and pass their exams. The children that attend this feel there is nothing for them to look forward to when they leave school; their view on their very inopportune life is "what's the point in trying?" one girl called Carol Chandler is an exception for this. There are three main characters in Our Day Out: Carol, Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay. ...read more.

Middle

The Progress Class visits the zoo before they reach Conwy. Mr Briggs is taking a group around when they come across a pit with a bear in it. In my opinion, the following conversation that Ronson has with Briggs is another way that Willy Russell snidely provides the readers with a sense of knowledge. This knowledge is that the young boy Ronson relates a bear in its pit to their own life. Here are evidential quotations for my thoughts: First, Andrew shows slight interest in Briggs' knowledge of this bear and starts to question "An' could it kill y', sir?" To which Briggs sarcastically replies "Well, why do you think it's kept in a pit?" Ronson then introduces himself to this conversation with a quote that questions Mr Briggs' thoughts on this bear pit by stating "I think that's cruel. Don't you?" To which Mr Briggs counters "No, Not if it's treated well. And don't forget it was born in captivity so it won't know any other sort of life." Although listening to this teacher of obvious great knowledge of this conversational subject, Ronson still sticks to his theory that it is cruel by confidently stating "I'll bet it does, sir." I think so far in this conversation, Briggs is starting to doubt his knowledge once that Ronson, the under achieving, uneducated pupil starts to make him think more deeply about his thoughts. ...read more.

Conclusion

He gives her kind words of advice and persuades her therefore helping her from doing something that everyone would regret. A big shot of rapid tension is when Briggs successfully persuades Carol but she slips of the end of the cliff, Mr Briggs swiftly came to the rescue bringing her to safety away from the deadly cliff. After this Mr Briggs surprisingly thought for a treat he'll take the class to the fun fair. When they get back to school Mr Briggs turns back to confrontational as Mrs Kay excitingly says "I've got some gems of you here. We'll have one of these up in the staff room when their developed... Don't worry...I'm not going to let you forget the day you enjoyed yourself." Mr Briggs couldn't bare the fact that Mrs Kay has got pictures of him interacting with the pupils and having great fun, maybe this is because he's worried about losing his respect and discipline at school if people see this, so he persuades Mrs Kay that he'll print them using the school facilities, saving Mrs Kay money for getting them developed. Instead of printing them Mr Briggs pulls the film out and destroys the films so that there is no evidence of him having fun. So exposing films is symbolic of wiping away the good done. I think this is very selfish of Mr Briggs, the children stated that they had adored this day out and even appreciated teachers for the first time, now all they have left of this trip is memories which will only fade away. ...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 Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe 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 Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Literary Criticism Analysis

    Throughout the play, there are many such incidents that also support Dominas claims. Part I: Caroline W. Mayerson's criticism of Hedda Gabler focuses on the idea that Hedda Gabler is not a tragedy. She instead calls Hedda's death as an attention seeking suicide that inflated her ego, as opposed to

  2. A christmas carol

    A very gentle and peaceful looking spirit that glows in white and seems more like an angel than a ghost. She shows Scrooge flashbacks of his life and things he never managed to see. He is shown a terrible memory in his childhood days.

  1. A Christmas Carol

    The rule of three captures the audience's attention by adding adjectives and different opinions. Scrooge changes have improved a lot. 'He becomes a good friend, as a good master, and as a good man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or brought, in the good old world'.

  2. How does Willy Russell lead the audience to feel differently about Mr Briggs as ...

    Briggs does not really understand what Mrs Kay's objective for the day is. He thinks that it is an educational trip however Mrs Kay is simply trying to give the children a fun and enjoyable day out. Mr Briggs dedides to confront Mrs Kay and snaps "You are on their

  1. Great expectations

    In the opening chapter, the main setting is in the marshes where Pip first comes across the convict. The setting reflects a lot of things about Pip's life as well as his feelings at the time. At first Dickens describes the "marsh country, down by the river" as a whole.

  2. A christmas carol

    The ghost transported him around the city, showing him scenes of celebration and also the lack of festivity that was happening as they watched. Scrooge watches himself become more cold and greedy as a result of the way he his viewed by others and the happiness which others will find from his death.

  1. How Sucessfully Does Dickens Convey His Message In A Christmas Carol?

    Scrooge's physical appearance is just as bad as his personality. In Victorian times they judged people by their physical appearance. If people had a nice friendly happy face they were nice people and if people had an ugly grumpy face they were bad.

  2. It was a stormy day in Kampa level B-14.

    'Why didn't I become a lawyer like mummy said I should?' She whispered to herself. A few minutes later she reappeared, there was no sign of a gun, must have been a small one or she had hid it well.

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