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Overview of the theme of love and kindness and the threats of these in all 4 plays of act one

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Overview of the theme of love and kindness and the threats of these in all 4 plays of act one In this essay I will be portraying many different acts of emotion. Love and kindness can come very easily, but it's just as easy to endanger and threaten it. Each of my paragraphs will represent a different play. The first play is called 'Love is a many slendoured thing' by Alan Bleadsale. It's about two teenagers, Mickey and Dawn, who are set a project by their English teacher in which they have to work as a pair. Their target is to find out what 'young love' means to a number of people. Mickey has intended to spend his time watching his team Liverpool play at home. Mickey, throughout the play remains cynical towards Dawn and all girls. This is probably him feeling inadequate compared to the more mature and more confident Dawn. This is shown on the first page when Mickey says, "He made us sit next to a girl. A girl! Urgh!" This instantly shows his scepticism and curiosity towards the other sex. Later on Dawn and Mickey are having an argument about boys being less mature than girls. ...read more.

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Derry is at first suspicious and bitter, thinking Mr Lamb is only changing the conversation. Gradually though as the old man reveals that he to is handicapped (he lost a leg). He starts asking Derry many unexpected question. Always showing kindness. Derry then begins to relax and admits that he's enjoying his time with Mr Lamb. He still remains somewhat cautious, but Mr Lamb has given him a new confidence and enthusiasm for living. Derry then happily volunteers to help pick Mr Lamb's crab apples. Instantly Mr Lamb tells him to instruct his mother where he is (because it was getting late). As he arrives home he explains about the eccentric old man. She instructs Derry to stay at home, Derry replies with some very powerful words, "If I don't go back there, I'll never go anywhere in this world again." His mother is the obvious threat between Derry and Mr Lamb relationship. He runs back to the garden only to find that Mr Lamb had got the ladder and begun picking the apples, fallen and died. Derry is isolated by his disfigurement and is bitter about his fate. ...read more.

Conclusion

Being the kind person he is, he walks away without a fuss. The final play is called 'Our day out' by Willy Russell. It's about a school outing for a progress class in Liverpool. This is set in the inner city of Liverpool, a concrete jungle. The class were being taken to Conway in north Wales. In charge of the pupils is easy going Mrs Kay. Fearing what may result from her tolerant attitudes, the Headmaster sends the very uptight and strict Mr Briggs. Throughout the play there's a contrast of reactions between the two teachers towards the children's behaviour. There are countless incidents with the children for example, staling sweets and animals from a zoo and a caf� and later gallivanting around at Conway castle. There are many other relations apart from the running battle between Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs. For example, the relations between the two younger teacher and the older boys and girls. Also the pressing problem of Carol, the girl to whom life offers so little in inner city Liverpool that she's prepared not to go back. It's her threatened suicide that brings out a new Mr Briggs, a kinder and more fun person. At the end of the trip Mr Briggs learnt a far more important lesson than the children, he learnt to live. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sunil Obhrai Page 1of3 ...read more.

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