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Lady Of Letters: How believable do you find the transformation of Miss Ruddock in prison?

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Lady Of Letters How believable do you find the transformation of Miss Ruddock in prison? Miss Irene Ruddock, the narrator of this monologue, is a lonely, unhappy middle-aged woman who has no friends or family and lives alone in her plain house. She is a woman who has many problems with keeping up to date with society. She has many things that are wrong to her in her life. This essay discusses her dramatic change as she is put in prison, and how believable it is. Miss Ruddock was a very lonely and isolated person towards the beginning of the book. She has no close friends or relatives in which to confide or to talk in depth to. The tensions she had, she kept to herself because she had no one that she could tell. If she had had a bad day, there was no one that he could talk to, to relieve her stress. No one would talk to her unless they had to because she appeared to them as a very pessimistic person. She may have been negative like this because it is generally easier to criticise than to compliment. With Miss Ruddock taking a negative attitude, some of this rubs off on the person that she is speaking to. ...read more.

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Also giving the lollypop man a nervous breakdown about such a little thing is a bit uncalled for. She needs to find out her facts before criticizing. If she developed stronger relationships with people then she could find out what they are really like. This part of the story also shows how judgemental we are of her too. We believe that she is being nosey, yet she is just caring for others. One time, she says 'a hole in her tights as big as a 50p piece. She looks more in need of social work than I do'. Once again Irene Ruddock is talking about her standards of people and how they do not reach hers, as she has high expectations which obviously people can not meet, the audience will still see her as a critical middle-aged woman but also a type of humour is entered, as she speaks of a 50 pence piece. Miss Ruddock is in desperate need of help, and is sent it too. An example of help being sent is the Vicar. But she thinks that she knows best and will find a problem in everything. Also she doesn't believe in god, so she just feels like they are trying to convert her. He says she is a 'Challenge'. He wants to help her and change her views. Also a pair of social workers was sent to help her. ...read more.

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She is still concerned for the others around her and is still observant to what they do. She is still nosey, but can look from a distance because of the confined space that brings them all close together. She is accepted because they are also all outgoing and have problems they need to overcome too. It could be quite believable, although I don't know if she could have such a dramatic opinion change in such a short space of time. She hasn't really changed too much; the environment and her situation have changed though. I think that maybe this is possible but she hasn't overcome this problem in many years, maybe this was the break that she needed? She was never before accepted in society, but I think her confidence will have improved when she leaves prison. Miss Ruddock may of thought that she was too upper class for these people though. This was the break she needed. I think that the change is believable, that Miss Ruddock could change so much in prison, because prison is place where people are meant to change. Yet she still hasn't changed, she is still observant and caring for others. It is the situation that has changed. There are opportunities for her to put this caring technique to use and also there are people in prison that want people like this. She is a benefit to the people in prison because she can help them. Vicki Cummins 10Ao ...read more.

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