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How does Russell invite the audience to sympathise with Shirley? In the play ["Shirley Valentine"] feeling sympathy for Shirley is a regular occurrence, Shirley Valentine is a character who was endlessly trapped and is taken for granted, but then rediscovers herself. Shirley mourns for the lost possibilities of her ''unused life,''. Shirley Valentine was written in the 1980s, as a kitchen sink drama, by a play writer named Willy Russell. He presents a basic ordinary woman's working life, with unhappiness, regret, humour and at twist. This essay will be analysing the effects of the character, action; dramatic devices: languages, ideas, themes, and show how the audience is invited to sympathise with Shirley. I find Shirley to be humorous and a gentle person, looking for an easier, comfortable, relaxed life with a hint of spice! In the opening lyrics Russell cleverly combines words of sorrow and sympathy towards Shirley. Some of these are "Shirley Valentine just wasn't there any more, a girl was born to fly: all her dreams, dreams are broken." This introduction of influencing words already paints a picture in the mind about the character before she is introduced, hence triggering impressions into setting the frame of mind to a sympathetic mode. Shirley is portrayed as a sad house bound woman, forgotten, not appreciated nonexistent (not liteary) ...read more.


Look, cooking all his meals for a fortnight. They're all in the freezer. Me mother's goin' to defrost them and do all his cookin' for him." This extract builds upon tension, since Joe does not know about the vacation, causing Shirley to sneak around. Another way this creates sympathy for our character, Shirley, is that she is not able to live in her house freely. Plus the way she can't openly talk to Joe her husband. When Shirley finally gathers enough courage to tell Joe about the vacation, he gradually builds up to explosion, "Oh I get it. That's the name of the game, is it? I'm not gettin' fed properly, cos you're savin' for a foreign friggin' holiday", "well, I'm tellin' you now, you can forget it. I am not goin' to no Greece". The twist to the tail comes as now Shirley is in a dilemma, Theses quotes show that Joe's aggregation and the way Shirley is treated. As Shirley is restricted as, Joe expects her to listen to him, plus he implies that if he says no, she can't go at all. Even though Shirley is a fully grown woman she still has not got the freedom, she deserves. This quote also shows us that he does not respect or cherish her, the way Joe says "Oh I get it. ...read more.


Simple everyday language such as; Drinkin' Sayin' and presently, is said differently by Shirley. Showing us how the character is, "feller", which is considered lower-class. Shirley's language is predominantly, common, whereas others around her, for example Gullian, uses more complex and sophisticated language. This draws apon kitchen sink drama, as mostly it is set on an average working class person, who has many problems. One sequence explains that Jane became a feminist after she found her husband in bed with the milkman. "all men are potential rapists without any hesitation. Jane uses very strong and firm language, to express her feels. I wouldn't describe Shirley as a feminist, but a liberated person after her fling she rediscovers herself. In conclusion the writer invites us the reader to sympathise with Shirley Valentine by, creating a strong and powerful image of her in pain, shown in the character in action and dramatic devices. Russell uses places we think is worth our sympathy as he concentrates on certain areas and makes it a much bigger deal. The author uses the scene he believes most interests us, to his advantage to invite us to sympathise with Shirley. As well as highlighting the areas for us, in an obvious but effective way. We tend to sympathise with a Shirley when sadness is expressed, with lonelyness Shirley Valentine Kiran Toor 10S ...read more.

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