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Our Day Out by Willy Russel - Scene 31 Conway Castle Analysis

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Matt Speak - 11.6 - Codsall Community High School - English Literature Coursework - 28th Sept 2001 Our Day Out by Willy Russel - Scene 31 Conway Castle I N T R O D U C T I O N Analysis Original Text: Mrs Kay: I was talking to those children. Briggs: Yes, and I'm talking to you, Mrs Kay. It's got to stop, this has. Mrs Kay: What has? Briggs: What has? Can't y' see what's goin' on? It's a shambles, the whole ill organised affair. look at what they did at the zoo. Just look at them here. [All around the castle they can see, from where they sit, kids running, pulling, laughing and shouting] They're left to race and chase and play havoc. Go knows what the castle authorities must think. look, when you bring children like ours into this sort of environment you can't afford to just let them go free. They're just like town dogs let off the lead in the country. My god, for some of them it's the first time they have been further than Birkenhead. Mrs Kay: [Quietly] I know. And I was just thinking; it's a shame really, isn't it, eh? You know, we bring them into a crumbling pile of bricks and mortar and they think they are in the fields of heaven. [Pause. He glares at her] Briggs: [Accusing] You are on their side aren't you? Mrs Kay: [Looking at him] Absolutely, Mr Briggs. Absolutely! Briggs: Look! All I want from you is what you're going to do about this chaos. Mrs Kay: Well, I'd suggest that if you want the chaos to stop, then you should stop seeing it as chaos. All right, the headmaster asked you to come along - but can't you relax? There's no point in pretending that a day out to Wales is going to furnish them with the education they should have had long ago. ...read more.


She stops thinking about staying in Conway and going back home and thinking about the consequences. Briggs responds with another lie "Nothing. I promise you", Briggs was prepared to lie to her just so she was safe, but not for her well-being, but for his career. It works, Carol comes away from the edge and grabs Briggs's hand, when they get back to the others, Mr Briggs kept his promise by saying "Mrs Kay, I've found her, now will you just let me deal with this", when Mrs Kay came over to Carol and Mr Briggs, was genuinely worried. Mr Briggs changed his attitude from the Carol incident , he decided to get the coach party home safely, before he reprimanded them, (this would have deterred any negative thoughts that the pupils may have had, and drawn them away from doing anything that could have 'put his career on the line'). "Anyway, you can't come all the way to the seaside and not pay a visit to the fair", Mr Briggs discussed with his colleagues (I think he purposely did it in a way so that some of the children overheard him, so that he indirectly told them and not directly as he couldn't go down to the level of a 'Compassionate Teacher'). For once Mr Briggs was on their side. When Mr Briggs was 'nice' he earned the respect of the children with comments from them such as; "Sir, thanks, sir.", " We had a great laugh didn't we sir?" he didn't earn that sort of respect at the start of the trip when he was himself. He just wanted to earn respect from the children for the last hour of the trip, so he could get them home without any 'career harming' problems. Another theory is that he realised that he wasn't getting any respect from the children, and Carol just proved this when she disobeyed his orders on the cliff top. ...read more.


When I spoke to Mrs. Kay, all I got was a load of verbal abuse, I was told it was me who was seeing things and she thought what happened that day was quite acceptable and it was up to me to 'stop seeing the chaos'. Then she told me that she was taking the children to the beach, and if I wanted the visit to stop, that I start walking because she was taking them to the beach and that was it! After that I didn't want any part in the ill-organised affair, so I decided to just stay out of it and sit out of the way. The next thing I know is Mrs. Kay is running up to me asking if I had seen Carol Chandler, she was so irresponsible that she had lost a child! it's a miracle how they didn't lose all of the children, so we set up a search party, looking for Carol, after a few minutes I managed to find her, trying to commit suicide! She was driven to the point of killing herself, because life was that bad at home and simply wanted to stay in Conway. After a few moments I talked her down from the cliff edge and we came back to the group. Then again, Mrs. Kay's spontaneous mind sprung into action "it's still early, why don't we go to the fairground? I was amazed that after a girl had just tried to commit suicide, she wanted to extend the trip to go to the fairground. In the fairground at least the children behaved themselves there. Another detail I should include, Susan, one of the helper's on the day, was seen by me holding one of the pupils in an affectionate manner. I am sure this is a matter we need to discuss in detail with someone from the education office. This has to be one of the worst trips I have ever been on, the teachers are incompetent and incapable. I have never seen such an unprofessional body of teachers, and the children are animals. ...read more.

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