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spring and port wine-themes of parenting and genaration gap

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Spring and Port wine How are the themes of parenting and the generation gap portrayed in "Spring and Port Wine?" "Spring and Port Wine" was written by Bill Naughton during the late 1950's and first performed on stage in 1965. This play about how the Cromptons have for many years been subjugated by Rafe (the father) and his authoritarian rules. One explosive weekend halts Rafe's authority when Hilda stands up to her father however, this dispute results in underlying home truths being told. The play is set in the early 1960's- a working class family living in Bolton which focuses on the Crompton family life, a play of its place and time. The house is described through the stage directions as a "comfortable, prosperous, working-class home". Themes include work, parenting, attitudes to women and a gap in generations. These themes highlight the period of which it was written in furthermore, interactions between characters and the nature of issues highlight the social and generational context, written specifically for an audience of that period. Throughout the play there are many dramatic effects used however, the main one being the herring incident. ...read more.

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At this point Rafe is arguing over a principle and we see a good example of the generation gap and how the younger generation have different attitudes to money opposed to Rafe as we know he is careful with his money, "he puts the housekeeping money in the book and locks the desk". Rafe's reaction is in such a way that he feels Hilda has disrespected him and feels irritated that Daisy has put so much effort into the preparation of the herrings. At this place in the scene there are different reactions towards Hilda from the rest of the characters. For example, Wilfred gives a look of "sympathetic support" showing he empathises considerably. Florence gives a "reproving glance" which highlights the fact she is on Rafe's side which shows she is trying to show her maturity and rise above all her other siblings, and Daisy remains the peacemaker by giving a "comforting, motherly look". Daisy's parenting skills contrasts with Rafe's conduct as he explains his kids were never "spoilt when young" and sets his standards and the theme of parenting is portrayed through the responsibilities he has to undergo as a parent, "feed...tend...work...an' love 'em" emphasising his task as the head of his family. ...read more.

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Daisy remains the favourite parent and wants everyone to be happy. She always seems to be trying to satisfy Rafe's expectations, the fact that she is described as a "contented housewife" and the home is "comfortable" and "prosperous" shows she works hard to maintain such a living. In my own response to the play I think that the play is all about responsibilities. There is no 'right' way of bringing up children and parents learn from their own past experiences. Parents use their experiences to set rules to live by. In this case Rafe sets all the rules and is the disciplinarian; Daisy is the softer parent and the favourite. They are successful parents as a whole but; things go wrong because of the generation gap. As children grow up they become more independent and tend to clash with their parents because, they have a different set of values. Equally the parents and children need to understand each other; a successful family needs to communicate. Underlying resentments and feuds are often about something else or absolutely nothing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hassan Alli ...read more.

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