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    The History Boys. Consider the significance of finding your way in life, in relation to the characters in the play.

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    Bennett went to Oxford University and also fell in love with a classmate. The character who epitomizes Bennett the most is Posner. The boys in this novel are all trying to find their way in life and getting into Oxbridge goes a long way towards achieving that. The primary aim for all the boys of the class is to get into Oxbridge. It is more important to them than other students knowing the fact that they?re from a working-class background.

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  2. Murmuring Judges

    Woody reassures her that Sir Peter is very pleased with her work. 'You're very popular. Sir Peter adores you.' He goes on to tell her how delighted Sir Peter had been when his old rival, Toppy Pilkington had come into the Ritz and seen them eating there together. Irina becomes tense at this and tells Woody that they're not involved - 'it's only appearances.' Woody tells her she needs to 'lighten up', that she needs to 'play a slightly tricky game...'

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  3. What Made A Taste of Honey Dramatic

    It would only have been in very rare circumstances that the working classes would have attended. To see a play of this nature covering such unsavoury topics would have shocked the middle class audience. Although they were aware of the above issues it was unlikely that the average theatre going audience at that time would have had any direct contact with the themes covered. To see a play that was to display such a rollercoaster of emotions would have been quite dramatic in itself. A quote from Deuteronomy 5-6-21 "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the lord will not forgive anyone who misuses his name "Throughout the

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  4. Protagonists in Top Girls (Caryl Churchill)

    In factIn effect, the only real '"actions' and dialogues which contribute to any kind of development" can be seen in the characters meeting to have dinner (and some of what ensues) and the character's going to see each otherin Angie's conversation with Kit when she says she's going to go to see Marlene, and when the characters visit each other. As well as this, Aas all of these characters, except Marlene and Angie, only appear in one scene or one act (for the restaurant scene) it seems that the '"story'" of the play must be that of Marlene and Angie.

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  5. Comment on Sherriff's presentation of Stanhope in the first two acts of Journey's End.

    the front, as even Osborne admits his ?nerves have got battered to bits? (unlike Hardy, he sees this as an understandable consequence of years of service). Despite being defended by Osborne, Stanhope is clearly a troubled character; Sherriff uses this discussion to build anticipation in the audience for Stanhope?s first appearance. Though the audience gets a few details of Stanhope?s character during the play?s first scene, through the arrival of the new officer Raleigh Sherriff provides more insight into Stanhope?s back-story and further builds the tension preceding his arrival.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • With detailed reference to at least three of the monologues, discuss how the narrators may be considered 'artless' in Alan Bennett's terms.

    "In conclusion, all, but one, of Alan Bennett's monologues are considered to star artless narrators. Although some of the monologues are less artless than other, for example, Graham in 'A Chip in the Sugar' is far more artless than Susan in 'Bed Among the Lentils' but both are considered to have artless qualities."

  • Explore the ways R.C. Sherriff presents the attitudes of key characters in 'Journey's End'. Compare and contrast your findings with the ways the attitudes of key characters are presented by Peter Whelan in 'The Accrington Pals'

    "In conclusion, the attitudes of characters in Journey's End and The Accrington Pals are largely similar. However, because of the massively different situations that the plays' characters are confined to, they're forced to think differently about certain aspects of things. Journey's End's characters try their hardest to be completely devoid of emotion, because they have to be, whilst The Accrington Pals's predominantly female characters are much quicker to allow their own feelings to get dragged into things. These two mindsets, that of the numbed soldier and that of the emotionally charged female townie, inevitably have an effect on the characters' attitudes. However, amongst the men of the two plays, even though there's definitely a natural divide between the attitudes of the upper class and the lower class, as we have seen through our comparisons between the two plays, it's clear that, as officers become more experienced in war, their attitudes begin to become increasingly similar to those of their men - Raleigh even chooses to sleep and eat with his men rather than be with his fellow officers at one point, which shows how war can change one's initial attitude to class; it unites people of different backgrounds and beliefs in order to combat what most believed was a common enemy."

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