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How does Russell encourage the audience to feel sympathy for Shirley Valentine? Shirley Valentine How does Willy Russell use dramatic devices to allow the audience to see many different sides of Shirley Valentine's personality? Willy Russell is the playwright of Shirley Valentine. The play develops around one central character, Shirley, a housewife from Liverpool. The audience first meet Shirley sadly reflecting on her life. The play shows how the leading character changes dramatically throughout the course of the play. The first half of the play sees Shirley as a lonely but cynical, dependent human being. As the play progresses, the audience hears about Shirley's dream. Shortly after her dream becomes reality. In the second half of the play, Shirley finds herself on a Greek island, away from her husband, Joe. Shirley's character begins to change as she meets Costas. She becomes independent and confident. In this essay I will answer the question by using quotations to back up my ideas, analysing the language that is used, commenting on the Shirley Valentine and the themes of the screenplay also linking the context to my ideas throughout my essay. ...read more.


The cartoons dissolve into reality from drawing into real life. This piece of editing worked well as two different shots are put together. At one point during the credits, opening sequence there is a picture of Shirley in a photograph as a photo. This may seem as if Shirley is looking at a picture of her when she was younger and wanting to fulfil her ambitions. Her expression in her face makes it really clear for the audience to understand this. The font of the introduction may show how Shirley writes in her diary. This may imply that the story/film could be about her reminiscing on the past. In history, film, television and other media, a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. Flashbacks are often used to recount events that happened prior to the story's primary sequence of events or to fill in crucial back-story. ...read more.


This creates sympathy as she seems as if Shirley is lonely and that her husband must have done something real bad that she so willing to give away his food. In another flashback, a younger Shirley goes out one day with Millandra, Shirley's daughter and Sharon- Louise, Millandra's friend. In this scene Shirley orders a drink which isn't wine. This turns out to be a joke for the other two as they are in a wine bar. '...I like rum and coke', '...they don't sell rum and coke here - it's a wine bar'. Shirley seems to be a little unsettled and nervous as she's in a place she isn't used to. This quote implies that she might not spend a lot of her time going out with Millandra as Shirley is obviously shy and timid when she is out. I think Russell encouraged the audience to feel sympathy for Shirley by using a range of different persuasive writing techniques such as; powerful language, emotive language, humour, rhetorical questions, personal pronouns and many more. ...read more.

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