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Outlining and discussing the issues of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' character Irene Ruddock and how he scripts it so that we sympathise with her.

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A Lady of Letters In this essay I will be outlining and discussing the issues of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' character Irene Ruddock and how he scripts it so that we sympathise with her; I will be outlining the facts about why and what she has done, the effect and impact it has on people and how Alan Bennett makes us have mixed feelings towards her. Irene Ruddock is a middle aged woman who is lonely and always has been since her mother died. She turns to the pen for comfort and support and uses complaining to people as a way of passing her time. Bennett uses her to show people what is wrong with society, although if they were his views he is a very stereotypical person. He also shows that she doesn't fit in with the world she lives in, she is too much of a perfectionist and is stubborn, she only ...read more.


to describe the way she holds her hand and says that she likes it there because she is always doing something and finishes with a touching scene about the poplar tress and that she is so happy. It also uses comedy in the text, although it is more black humour than funny. 'Saying that though I hoped not to be making any further visits to the crematorium' In the text it also uses serious scenes, ones that make us more interested in the story line by using lots of quick speech. The scene where the couple across the road have not been abusing their 'kiddy' but have been with him in hospital whilst he died of leukaemia. The scenes in the script where she is in prison are the scenes where she is truly harpy, she has lots to do any nothing to complain about, these are the happy touching scenes where we feel good for her. ...read more.


I relate to the story on a whole as the story of an old lady who is disconnected from reality, she lives in a world that she wants and does not see things that are there for a reason. She is a 'fusspot' and points out unimportant things such as one hair in a sausage. She reminds me of old ladies and old men, always saying that their generation was best and point out the differences between their generation and today's. 'I get on to my MP regularly about the rise in crime, mainly the number of policemen who wear glasses' This is a very clear example of how she can be very stereotypical. The whole script does not reach to me as 'funny'. I find it a sad drama of an old lady who doesn't understand the world. But in the end finds happiness in the last place you would expect to find it, the subtle twist, in prison. ...read more.

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