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Evaluate the success of the dramatic conflict in "Abigail's Party" by Mike Leigh

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For example, Lawrence is constantly trying to assert his social superiority and middle class tastes on the group, particularly over Angela and Tony, whom he clearly regards as socially inferior. He establishes that Tony, unlike himself is not a professional, because Tony does shift work and often works on weekends, neither does he have a collage education, unlike Beverly s brother and Lawrence himself. Through Lawrence s snobbish attitude, the audience can see that he considers Angela and Tony working class. Lawrence constantly tries to ally himself with what he imagines to be, trying to prove himself as middle class to Sue. For example, nobody likes olives apart from Sue and Lawrence; olives represent a stereotypical middle class snack, which further portrays Sue s middle class status and Laurence s middle class aspirations. Lawrence s snobbery is also continued when he asks Sue if she thinks that the class of people in the neighbourhood is going down in standards. Of course, being an estate agent, Lawrence can see the changes to the area that they live in. This is rather offensive to Angela and Tony, as they have only recently moved into the area. Lawrence s attempts to impose superior taste on the group irritates Beverly and results in an escalating conflict between the two of them. ...read more.


The uncomfortable and embarrassing simmering tension in act one holds our attention. The audience feel like an invisible guest at the party. However, there is a sense of relief felt as the conflict in act two comes out into the open. Seeing the characters reveal their true selves is of dramatic interest to the audience. The climax of Laurence having a heart attack is treated as a black comedy, however, as none of the characters are very likeable, we feel distanced from the event and can enjoy the tragic-comedy. We feel satisfaction at seeing the other characters finally being able to say what they think to Beverly. Sue tells her to shut up and Tony shouts at her for blowing smoke into her dying husband s face. This, for the first time, makes Beverly seems reduced and powerless. umour in this drama. When Lawrence for example, is having his heart attack, Angela a ��:� "d�-D!P)d2.;�?RITIVIXI������������������(2�"'(� �) @�S �RIXI� �- " 2 "PS" -$� 08. "PS" $� 08�� ��������H�z�-&> "� " "�" - �ttXIJXIL( ���Times New Roman��# " " "�����XX-(-,h`Dell Photo AIO Printer 922ë¤ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ oX � � �������� �-1/4Dell Photo AIO Printer 9228�-1/4��X��cSoftware\DellInkjet������������XX,XXXXX,X��XXXX���-1/4,winspoolDell Photo AIO Printer 922USB001F�� "\�"��'"�V "$c"�` "�`""A."@��"\�"�"�V "$c"�` "�`"."english - abigails party.wps"�p"�p ��# " " "s being only partially painted to the audience, only responding with a few words every time t�� �����Z� ��� �O�2�Quill96 Story Group Class�����9�qy� y� y� ...read more.

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