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In Comparison with your own knowledge of family and social behaviour, say what you think are the faults and the difficulties in Albert's relationships with women - especially his mother. Quote fully from the text of Harold Pinter's "A Night Out".

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16/6/01 English Coursework In Comparison with your own knowledge of family and social behaviour, say what you think are the faults and the difficulties in Albert's relationships with women - especially his mother. Quote fully from the text of Harold Pinter's "A Night Out" By Felix Crosse The play, "a night out", written by Pinter, and designed for television, is the story of a single night in the life of a 28 year old man, named Albert Stokes. The night starts out with him at home, getting ready for a party for someone he works with, and it ends in events that could have not been much more unusual. Albert is a young man, who lives at home with his Mother. His father and grandmother are dead, and, although the story doesn't tell us directly, his mother seems to be his only remaining relative. The main part of this story is the fact that his mother still treats him like a small boy. Maybe she is mad, maybe she loves him dearly, but the fact remains that she tends to 'molly-cuddle' him. This essay is about his relationships with women in the text, and when referring to women in his life, you cannot ignore his mother. Right from the start, how his mother acts is obvious. In the very first act, on the very first page, her attitude towards him is evident. She treats him like a child, and what is even more obvious, doesn't listen to him. ...read more.


There are a number of women in this act; Betty, Joyce and Eileen are the main named characters featured. At the very start of the Act, Albert is shown as shy and almost reclusive in company, laughing only when he needs to, talking only when talked to, and it seems to continue on in that way for most of the party. Albert gets on very well with Kedge and Seeley, two other men, about the same age as him. They appear to be confident and can fit in easily with their surroundings. However, Albert could be described as almost the opposite of these two. He is a quiet person from what we can tell. Even when with his friends he does not talk excessively. The main part of this act, or at least the most relevant, is when Albert is 'cornered' by Joyce and Eileen. They had been put up to talk to him by one of Albert's co-workers, 'Gidney'. Albert neither liked Gidney, nor even got on with him, as far as we can tell. Gidney encouraged the girls to go up to Albert and bait him, see what his reaction would be. However, how Albert reacts to this 'intrusion' into his personal space is very important to this essay. When he talks to the girls, it becomes obvious, even to him that they have no serious intentions for him, and that they are merely playing with him. Albert seems to realise this, and reacts without especial 'vigour'. ...read more.


True, the girl does bring out these feelings in him, but she is not the actual cause for them, and the cause, was the reason for the feelings in the first place. When considering the question of this essay, and especially when considering Albert's mother, you must raise the point of the last scene (3) of the last act (3). It is concerned with Albert coming home after his encounter with the girl. Again, as before in the second scene of the second act, Albert says absolutely nothing. When he first returns home, he is confident. He sits in his home like it is his own. However, when he hears his mother calling him, he immediately 'stiffens up'. As the text states in stage directions, "His body freezes. His gaze comes down. His legs slowly come together. He looks in front of him". I can imagine him feeling that he has finally won, set his mother straight, but then the harsh moment of reality, realising that he has neither won, nor put her straight. Albert's outburst must have been a distinctive event for him, but it did not turn out, as he wanted. His mother acts exactly the same as before the 'incident'. This means, to me, that this might as well be the end of their relationship. All the events have come to a head. They might love each other, but whatever happens from now on, after the end of the play, would neither be real, or normal. English Coursework Essay: Twentieth Century Drama: Pinter's "A Night Out" 1 ...read more.

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