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As Look Back in Anger was set in the Midlands, John Osborne used accent and dialect throughout the whole of the play.

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As Look Back in Anger was set in the Midlands, John Osborne used accent and dialect throughout the whole of the play. The language in this play is somewhat different to the plays written and produced before John Osborne's time. Osborne uses very realistic and modern language to get his point, views and ideas across to the audience. In the play Cliff is Welsh, and throughout the play we hear his strong Welsh accent coming through. At the end of Act 1, we hear Cliff say, "I'm not her type. Am I dullin?" The reader can now tell that Cliff has an accent. He also uses the word 'boyo', this is also evident that he has an accent. Throughout the play John Osborne uses quite a number of pauses and silences, he uses these techniques to build up tension and suspense. When my group acted out one of many of the plays pauses, I found that it did have a major effect on the way in which we acted it out. ...read more.

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I feel that Jimmy makes Alison feel very uneasy about herself, so she tends to not open up as much with him. We then find that in act three scene two, when Helena and Alison are on their own, Alison has lengthy monologues because she is feeling very emotional and Jimmy is not present. Osborne uses cognitive access in this play. The main example of cognitive access used in this play is when Alison told Cliff she was pregnant with Jimmy's child. The audience find out that she is pregnant before Jimmy does and he is the father. Osborne uses cognitive access to make the audience more interested and intrigued with the play. This makes the audience wait for reactions and comments to be passed which they already know will have to happen. For example they want to wait to find out how Jimmy will react when he finds out Alison is having his baby. ...read more.

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They do this to escape from the difficulty of living in the real world. Jimmy, "we'll be together in our bear cave and our squirrel's drey, and we'll live on honey and nuts, and we'll sing songs about ourselves......" Alison then nods and adds, "poor bears! Oh poor, poor bears!" Osborne uses sub-text in the play. Throughout the play there are times when characters say one thing but the audience knows there is also a hidden meaning behind the words. Sub-text means what are characters sub-conscious thoughts and feelings are. Sub-text is not only affected by the character's line s but of the other characters lines as well. Sub-text is used in the play. An example of this is when Alison leaves with her father, and there is only Cliff and Helena in the flat and Cliff says, "He's all yours!" this shows that Cliff knows that Helena has strong feelings for Jimmy. He is saying that Alison is gone and she can have Jimmy all to herself. ...read more.

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