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The major themes in ‘Our Day Out’ are the lack of Education, Opportunity and Deprivation in the inner city, show how Willy Russell makes the Audience aware of these ideas.

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Introduction

The major themes in 'Our Day Out' are the lack of Education, Opportunity and Deprivation in the inner city, show how Willy Russell makes the Audience aware of these ideas. 'Our Day Out' is all about a day in 1970, in the lives of poor Liverpudlian kids. In Liverpool the back streets were covered in kids doing nothing and also adults as the Docks were closing down which led to high unemployment. Also the factories, where the unemployed would go closed down as well, so at the time in the play the amount of people unemployed and on benefit was high and the benefit wouldn't be able to support all of them. The kids are in a progress class which means that they don't really get taught a lot. They aren't clever; they are rejects! In the play we learn about the language of the characters, what they say, do, and what they say about other characters. We find in the play a lot of everyday conversations and from this there are different languages, formal, which is not used regularly and non-formal which is used a lot. It is mainly slang as the kids come from an area of uneducated parents, for example 'wanna' and 'nottin', these are common words in the play and many more are used. ...read more.

Middle

When Mr. Briggs asks Reilly if it was his cigarette Reilly swears on his Mum's life, but Digga told Mr. Briggs that he cant swear on his Mum's life because she's been dead for ten years. Reilly also likes winding Colin up about him and Susan. In the play there is a conflict between Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs. Mrs. Kay thinks the trip is for a good day out and Mr. Briggs thinks it is for an educational day out. The highlight of the play is where Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs have an argument about the children's behaviour, on page 57. From the argument Mrs. Kay says some good points and I think that she is a mouthpiece for Willy Russell for his own thoughts and opinions, so the audience thinks about what is being said. Before the argument Mrs. Kay was having a sensible conversation with Andrews. Andrews was saying that if the kids owned the things in their area they wouldn't get destroyed. As this is a serious conversation maybe he is another mouthpiece for Willy Russell. In the play at this point there is a dramatic contrast as there is a quiet conversation with Andrews and then a loud scene, the argument between Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

He also smiles which he never does. Mr. Briggs also takes them to the fair, which is unexpected judging by the way he acts during the rest of the play. This deliberately leads us to believe that Mr. Briggs is going to change and that the day was a success. He shows the opposite of what we think. At the end of the play we realise that he hasn't changed at all as he took the film off Mrs. Kay and told her he was going to develop it and when she left he revealed it to light, screwed it up and put it in his pocket. It is a very realistic ending as you can't change a person in one day. It also shows that Mr. Briggs has a good side but doesn't like to show it. The conclusion of the play is that there are no easy answers or easy ways out. There are still a lot of people today who are exactly the same. The effect it will have, maybe none. Everybody will be watching and the only real effect maybe sympathy. People may watch it and feel sympathy or other people will watch it and think of it as just another film! And maybe some will see themselves and their lives! By Daniel Hooton ...read more.

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