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P’Tang, Yang, Kipperbang!

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P'TANG, YANG, KIPPERBANG! 1. Describe the main character, Alan, and his role in the play. Alan is a 14 year old adolescent. He is a typical teenager, exceedingly self-conscious, has strong sexual interests and desires and thinks he is ugly and fat, so starves himself. Alan is the ultimate anti-hero. A traditional hero is loved and envied by all, is good at what he does, very popular, superhuman in terms of status and good looks, who saves and helps the needy, a person who people look up to. Furthermore, Alan is ugly, forgotten by all, a no-one, the most ostracized person in the school. People feel sorry for him and pity him, he's continuously late to school, as he misses the bus and has to run to school (scenes 4-5), lazy, unsystematic and neglectful (scene 3), weak, gauche, socially and physically clumsy. He can only share his personal thoughts about girls and Ann in particular to God, who he asks every morning, "Just one kiss. One'll do." (Scene 2) Additionally, he is an idealist, a daydreamer, always talking to Tommy about world issues, the United Nations (scene 14) and winning world peace. He is obsessed with Ann, especially her lips, and kissing her, but not doing 'the other things' to her. ...read more.


This is the d´┐Żnouement; Alan doesn't need the kiss anymore. She is no longer interested in Geoffrey and finds out that there is more to Alan than his dull and boring appearance. But Ann can't tolerate Alan not wanting to kiss her that she runs up to him, as he's walking home, as kisses him. In this way, they both got what they wanted. His speech to Ann is lyrical. There is also subtle harmony; the moment of the kiss has gone, he doesn't need it, he's grown up. Alan: "You're beautiful, Ann. Sometimes I look at you and you're so beautiful that I want to cry. And sometimes you look so beautiful I want to laugh and jump up and down... your lips are the most beautiful. Second is your nape." (Scene 74) He is called 'Quack-Quack' by all his peers, (as his name is Duckworth). By his English teacher, Miss Land, he is a 'beast of the field', a 'weed', a 'mess' and a 'lolloper' (scene 33). She has never thought much of Alan, always arriving late to school always 'moaning and groaning'. (Scene 33) Alan illustrates tragic-comic theme throughout his everyday life. There is a strong theme of growing up, and adolescence. 2. Explain the headmaster's comment on Tommy's arrest: The dichotomy of Appearance and Reality again. ...read more.


(Scene 22) The workmen are mainly used to describe Alan's mood at the beginning and end of the day, when he leaves the house and when he returns to it after he comes back from school. They don't play a huge role in the play, but it is significant, especially the ending comments. Workman 1: "He'll be starting shaving next." Workman 2: "Then spend the rest of his life trying to stop the bleeding." (Scene 75) This is when Alan finally starts to mature, and the workmen are saying that life's hard, and you just keep on moving from one difficulty to another. They reflect upon his moods, and make comments, some of which I think are meaningless. One of the workmen's opening comments talks about the Bomb. What has the Bomb got to do with Alan's behaviour? The answer is nothing. It is used to just add humour to the play. Workman 1: "Millions of pounds on education." Workman 2: "It'll be with him living under the shadow of the Bomb, I expect." (Scene 4) The addition of the cricket commentary and workmen is for the main purposes for the audience, as it is a play. Also, to provide humour, set the theme of the play, adolescence, and to comment on the moral issues of the play. I think the addition of the cricket commentary and workmen provides more life into the play and a little humour as well. ...read more.

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