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Our Day Out by Willy Russell - How Does Willy Russell Make Scene 35 Dramatically Effective?

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Emil Kalaria 10.1 25/04/2003 GCSE English Literature Drama Coursework - Our Day Out by Willy Russell How Does Willy Russell Make Scene 35 Dramatically Effective? Our Day Out by Willy Russell is about a group of less able pupils from a school in a run down part of Liverpool, set in the 1970s. The children are on a school trip to Conwy Castle in Wales, with four teachers, of which two have large roles in the play, and have two contrasting personalities. The outing to Conwy Castle is a great spree for the children because they have a chance to experience nature and the countryside firsthand. The children live in the dirty slums of Liverpool, and some of the pupils had never seen a vast field in their whole lives until this school trip. Carol is one of the pupils on the trip, and is found on a nearby cliff top because she does not want to leave the countryside, and return to her run down Liverpool home. She wants to enjoy the countryside as much as she can before she has to leave. She then has a wild idea of actually staying there, at the countryside, and not going back home to Liverpool. ...read more.


His change of tone lasts right through to the end of this section. Carol says that Mr Briggs hates her, and all the rest of the kids. She says that the only reason he is trying to stop her from jumping off the cliff is because he will get into trouble, not because he cares. Carol thinks about why she couldn't stay there. Briggs says that life is only beginning for her, and what's to stop Carol doing well in school, getting a good job, and moving out to Wales when she is older. Carol says that it is a stupid idea, and that that is a stupid idea. Carol says she loved the trip, and she doesn't want to go home. Then she says that if she did stay, he would send the coppers to get her. Carol's anger in this section turns to sadness. In the middle of this section, Briggs tries to ask Carol why she can't turn her life around, and get a good job. Carol replies with "don't be friggin' stupid." Then, she says: "it's been a great day today. I loved it......" Briggs gives advice to Carol about getting a job and moving out of Liverpool. It is similar to an earlier part of the play, where Carol says: "y'know, if I had started to work...." ...read more.


Perhaps the most nervous point in the scene is in section 7 stage directions, where Carol very nearly falls off the cliff, but is saved by Briggsy. This physical danger of Carol falling to her doom is one of the aspects that makes this scene a stressful one. The mood that Carol is in is of a suicidal nature. One never knows what she is going to do, or is going to say next. In the second section, where Carol says: "Try an' get me an' I'll jump over." Has a large impact on the audience, because of the physical danger of her jumping over, and the fact that, throughout most of the play, Carol has been mentally stable. The mood that Carol is in when she is on the cliff-top is another aspect of the scene that makes it very on edge. The last language device that Willy Russell uses to increase the tenseness in this scene is the Conflict between Carol Chandler, and Mr. Briggs. This consists of a steady argument beginning from the second section, and calming down around section 4 or section 5. The arguments are tense because the audience knows that if the argument escalates, then that will lead us to the physical danger of Carol jumping, or falling to her perilous death. Willy Russell used this device to his advantage, to create a very tense scene in the play Our Day Out. ...read more.

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