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  1. The Birthday Party, a comedy of menace (Pinter)

    A joke with a similar effect is made through another short dialogue between Meg and Petey in which Meg continually asks who is having a baby with Petey insisting that she won't know her until finally saying it's "Lady Mary Splatt", to which Meg replies anticlimactically "I don't know her". This anticlimax as well as the incongruous name of the woman (we do not imagine a "Lady" having the surname "Splatt") creates humour and again lulls the audience into a sense of peace and normality.

    • Word count: 3026
  2. How does Pinter exploit the verbal and the visual in the Birthday Party

    Meg is almost the exact opposite to Petey. Unlike him, the boarding house community seems to be her world; the only time she leaves is to go shopping. She is also very proud of it, saying "this is a very good boarding house. It is. It's on the list" to Petey. Meg seems to be quite simple, asking stupid questions and making obvious statements such as "But sometimes you go out in the morning and its dark". She also seems to believe everything people tell her, for example, she believes that Stanley is a concert pianist despite this being very unlikely.

    • Word count: 5221
  3. Hobson's Choice - With particular reference to Act 1, show how Brighouse presents a comic but honest view of family life, set in late 19th century Salford.

    If these were not enough clues, the objects inside the shop all suggest late 19th century; for example, "the gas brackets in the windows and walls", and "the clogs on exhibit in the windows". Alice and Vickey's actions and dress also suggest a late 19th century setting, as Alice, only 23, is knitting - not an activity which is commonly pursued by the modern young woman - and the pair are wearing aprons for working in a shoe shop. Although Hobson's Choice consists of four Acts, each of these is comprised of several little scenes.

    • Word count: 3185
  4. Our Day Out

    Children would only have about two pound pocket money. Some jobs were at the docks or car industries. There were only a few employments in the city as factories were closing down and moving to more modern cities. There was a lot of poverty. The houses were terraced house which were in poor conditions. The front of the house would have been board up as they couldn't afford new windows. The father of the family would have some work in the docks. Where there was only little wages but hard work most of the work was manual. Women would have to sometimes resort to prostitution so that the rest of the family would have enough to eat.

    • Word count: 3305
  5. Scene by scene analysis of "Equus"

    What is this boy about? (Act 01 ? Scene 03) The third scene of act one shows that Alan is a very introvert person who doesn?t show any interests and doesn?t want other persons to know anything about him. The fact that he doesn?t react when Dysart speaks to him reveals that he doesn?t want to talk about himself. Inside of himself, Alan seems to be a little boy because he starts to sing commercial songs instead of answering the questions of Dysart.

    • Word count: 6825

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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