• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What does the audience learn of the lives and relationships of Helen and Jo in the opening scene of "A taste of honey"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Taste of honey What does the audience learn of the lives and relationships of Helen and Jo in the opening scene of "A taste of honey" Helen is the mother of Jo. Jo's dad does not live with them. They live in a basic flat in Manchester. The audience learns that Helen and Jo do not get on well with each other. Helen - "children owe their parents these little attentions." Jo - "I don't owe you a thing." These quotes show that Jo does not respect her mother and what her mother does for her. ...read more.

Middle

Jo - "you can afford something better than this old ruin." Helen - "when you can start earning, you can stat moaning." Jo has no understanding of how much things cost and has high expectations. Helen and Jo are poor. Helen - "when I find somewhere for us to live I have to consider something far more important than your feelings..........the rent. It's all I can afford." This shows that Helen does not care what Jo thinks as long as they have somewhere to live. Helen and Jo are bickering with each other regularly. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jo is the most dominant character because she argues with her mom and gets her own way. Jo thinks that she does not have to do what her mom tells her. Helen - "pass me that bottle it is, in the carriers." Jo - "why should I run around after you?" A possible reason for Jo getting her own way is that Jo has been independent from a young age. I think the writer of this play Shelagh Delaney was trying to show how the years were moving on e.g. black people being with white people, people finding work at an early age, leaving home at an young age. By Chris Wilkes ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Shelagh Delaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Shelagh Delaney essays

  1. A Taste of Honey Explore the likely similarities and differences between the audience ...

    Helen soon comments that, "Everything in it is falling apart" and that the view out of the window is of the "gasworks". This is not the sort of setting that one would expect, for a mother and daughter to be moving into, in 1958, or in 2003.

  2. A Taste of Honey

    Although Jo and Helen don't get on with one another in Act 1, scene 1 and Act 2, scene 2 you can see the differences between them. In Act1, scene 1, Helen is very distant from Jo, which Delaney shows through the dialogue and language used between them.

  1. A Taste of Honey

    I found it strange when Geof says, 'You're feeling a bit depressed, Jo.' He was telling Joe how she felt and this shows that Geof is already having feelings for Jo. When Geof offers Jo a cigarette she declines it, she said she only smoked to annoy her mother.

  2. Shelagh Delaney's 'A Taste of Honey' .

    Also the fact that they have obviously been having a relationship would have stunned the audience because in those days it just wasn't done. Jo and the boy - Jimmie - would have faced immense discrimination and would not have been accepted in society.

  1. A Taste of Honey

    HELEN: Can't bear to see me being affectionate with anybody JO: You've certainly never been affectionate with me. You have seen in the above examples about how Helen is not a good mother but Jo is not completely innocent. There are examples of Jo often trying to spite her mother deliberately and annoying her.

  2. From dependence to independence. To what degree does Jo mature and become less dependant ...

    He seems very "cocky" and seems the sort of person who doesn't really care for other people, as he is self-centred. He keeps telling Jo to go away, and tells Helen to "get rid of her", because he just wants Helen for sex.

  1. When Shelagh Delaney began working on A Taste of Honey, she intended it to ...

    Jo continuously made snide remarks to her mum and her mum did the same for her, but this was the only way they both got along with each other. As a mother Helen has never fullfilled her duties as she hardly had the time of day for Jo.

  2. In "A Taste of Honey" Shelagh Delaney presents Jo as a young woman looking ...

    for daughter Jo, but also is offering no security in the sense of stable relationships that can benefit Jo in a good way. Helen doesn't stand firm in front of Jo and by inviting men into her house, she is loosing all sense of respect for herself and most importantly, for her daughter.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work