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  1. 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.

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  2. With detailed reference to at least three of the monologues, discuss how the narrators may be considered 'artless' in Alan Bennett's terms.

    This shows from the beginning that she is complaining about something. We then find out that she is talking about a funeral because she says, "In fact I wrote to the crematorium." This also introduces Irene's obsession with writing letters, especially letters of complaint. We also learn that the things that Irene complains about are unimportant compared to the situation. In this case that is that the hearse drivers were smoking, "If the hearse drivers must smoke then facilities should be provided."

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  3. Drama/BertoltBrecht/UseofLanguage

    Another example is the use of jargon in 'Oooh what a Mess!'. When talking about a broom, Mansfield says it is a piece of 'Highly sophisticated technological equipment'. He uses official language to dress up the broom to make it sound impressive, when it isn't. We learnt through this that Fo used jargon in 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' to show that people often try and make things sound better than they actually are to get themselves out of a dilemma and to try to seem more imposing.

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  4. The Birthday Party. McCann is a complex character. An audience may respond to him in many ways.

    When McCann and Goldberg arrive at the boarding house in Act 1, McCann states, 'what are we doing here Nat?' this gives off signals that McCann is there as Goldberg's aid and not a leading figure. As the play goes on, the audience may start to feel sorry for Stanley due to unfortunate circumstances and more hatred and dislike towards Goldberg and McCann for making him feel so negative. McCann: He killed his wife! Goldberg: Why did you kill your wife? Stanley: What wife?

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  5. Westside story, Use of language

    The gang members use colloquial language, common language to them at that particular period in time. The Jets use a more type of language towards the other Jets, compared to the Sharks who use more of a serious tone. The Jest use phrases like, 'Daddy-o', 'Buddy boy', and when Tony and Riff talk and greet one another they both use the phrase, 'Sperm to worm, Womb to tomb'. Whereas the Sharks use Spanish dialogue and use words like, 'Un-poca', 'Querdia' and 'Buenos nochas'. The colloquial language is maintained throughout the whole play to keep the desired effect on the audience.

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  6. My Last Duchess' we experience the view that the male should have the main role in relationships, in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' we hear of a relationship where the woman is in total control

    As a result of this we get the impression that the Duke simply marries then divorces, or kills, his wife just to receive her dowry, and to get more money. Also, we can see that when the Duke refers to the picture of his wife, he immediately names the well known artist that painted it; "I call that piece a wonder ... 'Fr� Pandolf'". Here we see that the Duke shows off the fact that his painting was created by a famous artist, he may also be trying to give the impression that such a famous artist would only paint for him because he is so special.

    • Word count: 1997
  7. Show how Mamet uses language and interaction in act 1 to present ideas about language and power:

    He then becomes the passive subject in attempt to reason and level himself with carol. Page 10 shows Mamet cleverly using irony to show how John is so unaware of his behaviour, the language he uses and the effects of which. He says 'I can't talk now'. Demonstrating the fact that he is clearly an intelligent man who is unable to communicate or answer direct questions. Similar to that of a political figure, persuading the audience to associate him with power and authority. This is then confirmed on page 13 when he suddenly takes a very formal and authoritative tone with Carol.

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  8. What view of human relationships is found in in Synge's Playboy of the Western World and how is this expressed?

    This is because Old Mahon perceived Christy as "the fool of men" with everyone mocking him and making fun of him and Christy unable to handle tobacco and alcohol. As Christy was perceived as "the fool of men" he acted the character the people there thought him to be. Also, in his interactions with women Christy was said to, "if see a red petticoat coming... he'd be off to hide in the sticks." However, when Christy reaches the village of Mayo, he is constantly flattered by the people he meets there as they perceive him to be a hero.

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  9. Examine the different levels of comedy in Synge's Playboy of the Western World.

    We are further shown that they are not very religious people when Christy says "with the help of God I did (slay my da), surely, and that the Holy Immaculate Mother may intervene for his soul." It is clearly not of God to kill people or owe another and so bringing God in and praising him for fuelling a deed that is so against his teachings again convinces us of the comedy in this play. Another aspect of the language that brings in comedy is that in figures of speech and slang some of the things that the characters say are not to be taken literally but a deeper meaning should be looked for.

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  10. Mrs. Kingshaw Monologue

    The second paragraph also gives an insight to exactly how security has affected her. It shows that she enjoys Mr. Hooper's trust and support, it also shows how she has formed, in her mind, that she is some what more wealthy. This is shown by her bragging to Mrs. Fielding about her wedding dress and her wedding ring, which has diamonds "forming a heart". The mood in this paragraph is similar to the first paragraph, as Mrs. Kingshaw is talking to a good friend with great confidence and pride.

    • Word count: 1907
  11. In the play Equus worship and passion are seen in many contrasting lights. In the example of Alan, the boy

    From this we can see that passion and worship are inextricably linked, however they can be substituted for each other when needed but require each other to exist. In the play Equus, Alan Strang is a boy of 17 who has been sent to a psychiatrist for blinding six racehorses. Through the course of the play, we find out that he has been worshipping a new kind of god, a horse-god he calls Equus. He devotes himself blindly to this horse, transferring to it all the worship he used to have for Jesus and Christianity.

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  12. Long Day's Journey into Night: Can One Successfully Escape Reality?

    Also Jamie, because he is the older brother, sets an example for, and is idolized by Edmund. Jamie, in his attempt to escape his own failure to make something of himself, takes advantage of the fact that Edmund has modeled himself in his older brother's image, whom he looks up to. By making his own drunken binges seem fun and exciting, and by giving to his irresponsible indulgence of prostitutes the appearance of love and romance, Jamie lures Edmund into his own contrived reality.

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  13. Escaping Reality.

    Can it be done? The two brothers, Edmund and Jamie, use similar methods to avoid having to face their significantly less-than-perfect lives. One way is that they use alcohol to drown any thoughts of Edmund's sickness or their mother's addiction that might creep into their heads. Jamie, the older brother, sets an example for, and is idolized by Edmund. Jamie, in his attempt to escape his own failure to make something of himself, takes advantage of the fact that Edmund has modeled himself in his older brother's image, which he looks up to.

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  14. "Long Day's Journey Into Night" a play by Eugene O'Neill portrays the actions of a dysfunctional family.

    She blames her addiction to morphine on the stinginess of her husband, who hired a slip-shod doctor to prescribe her pain killers for the pain giving birth had caused her. Though she blames her husband it is Mary's own anguish and guilt that caused her to keep coming back to the drugs, the guilt of leaving her baby alone with her son, which caused him to die, the guilt of letting her family slip into such a degree of disparity, that's what she wanted to run away from and that's why she is addicted to morphine.

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  15. Pygmalion. diary entries for Higgins and Eliza

    He was very rude towards me and did not show respect. He said that I couldn't speak English and he had a very posh accent and spoke perfect English. I overheard him talking to Pickering saying how he could pass me off as a duchess. I was quite shocked me a duchess (never in a million years). I tried to sell him some flowers and he threw me a handful of money. I had ridden in a taxi for the first time when I returned home.

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  16. Discuss The Following Characters In The Long and The Short and The Tall - Sergeant Mitchem - Corporal JohnstoneL/Corporal MacLeish or Private Whitaker - Private Bamforth

    We are able to see signs of the fact he is able to keep them calm and under control when Private Whitaker picks up a Japanese signal on the radio and the whole of the group see to be terrified and he stands out as the only one that is not scared. He also seems to be very annoyed about the fact that the whole of the group at the beginning were not bothered about the Japanese and after hearing an operator they are all scared stiff.

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  17. Long Days Journey into Night: Character Analysis

    the play tends to revolve around him with it climaxing at the forgiveness of his father and brother for all the bad things he has done to him. Both Jamie and Edmund are deeply aware of their mother's drug problem. The first point I am addressing with Jamie is his role as a 'failure'. During the book Jamie is always portrayed as a failure and as a scapegoat for people's problems, meaning that he is not actually as bigger failure as he is portrayed.

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  18. Hare uses juxtaposition throughout Murmuring Judges to show the seemingly inherent differences in class between the lawyers and the prisoners

    This is also clearly shown in the language used by all the characters in this scene, as phrases such as ?Grand Days? and ?the fishy stuff? in reference to caviar creates a semantic field which suggests the men view themselves and believe they are viewed by others as upper class. Furthermore, the juxtaposition of the Toast Master and Gerard at the opening of Act 2 clearly demonstrates the social classes, as we see the announcement of important men next to a man monologuing within his prison cell.

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  19. In Murmuring Judges, David Hare uses Barry to represent the stereotypical bent policemen that were seen as typical in the late 1980s and early 90s

    Hare also presents Barry to see some crimes as ?boring? and ?pointless?, which suggests he is only interested in crimes he can get a good result for, such as bringing down Travis and Fielding in Gerard McKinnon?s crime. Hare also shows Barry to think police resources are wasted by saying ?and yet look at us?, highlighting his personal frustration as again shown by ?please tell me, what is the point?? Interest, Barry seemingly has the same perception of lawyers as the audience have through Sir Peter, suggesting they are ?rich bastards? who participate in ?tax evasion?.

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  20. Examine the ways in which the relationship between the public and the police is presented in Hare's "Murmuring Judges".

    This sympathy is increased throughout the novel, where Hare generally presents the police as good people, an example of which is Sandra, who is shown as trying to enforce justice fairly in a corrupt system. The public dislike for the police is shown to be mutual though, ?I?m not sure I care for the public that much?, which highlights the police frustration at the difficulty of their job, which is shown to be exacerbated by non-cooperative suspects, as shown through Keith?s repetition of ?I?m not saying anything?.

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  21. A tragicomedy is a comedy with serious elements or overtones*. To what extent can the History boys be classed a tragicomedy?

    On the bike?? he replies with comic dialogue, saying ?I think he thought he?d got me going. In fact it was Tudor Economics Documents, Volume Two? (pg21). This line always gets a laugh from the audience, and the humour fits into the genre of comedies. As the boys do not take the paedophilia seriously (the audience is aware Scripps is not affected, as he cracks a joke and acts normal), the audience do not either. This distancing effect of comedy allows the ?serious elements? to be viewed in a comic, light-hearted way, which fits in to the definition of a tragicomedy.

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  22. In the country, people are forced to confront their faults and lead a more honest way of life. Consider She Stoops to Conquer in the light of this comment.

    rural existence, has resulted in his genuine personality, ?to be plain with you.? However, Goldsmith uses asides in Hardcastle?s speech to show his anguish over the impudence of ?such a brazen dog?, Marlow. The asides present Hardcastle?s true feelings of disgust towards the town folk which contrasts his direct speech to Marlow which remains dignified and respectful, shown through the address of ?sir?. These asides present Hardcastle as a less direct character than originally perceived, suggesting country dwellers can be just as malicious as those from the town and subsequently, a country existence doesn?t necessarily equate to an honest way of life.

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  23. Edward Albee's presentation of Nick and his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    The young couple Nick and Honey are presented as ??passive observers. They serve solely as the objects of manipulation??. George and Martha simply use the younger, less experienced couple to manoeuvre for advantage in their own bitter struggle. This is further shown in act two by George when he states, ??I?ll tell you what game we?ll play. We?re done with humiliate the hosts? how about a little game of get the guests?? George attempts to regain power which is an ongoing theme in the play by humiliating nick and honey.

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  24. Discuss the view that Tony Lumpkin in "She Stoops to Conquer"is nothing more than a comic country bumpkin.

    Moreover, Lumpkin is similar to the word ?bumpkin? which is a derogatory term for a simple rustic, further implying Tony?s lack of grace. Goldsmith enhances this depiction of Tony?s carefree lifestyle through the setting of the alehouse. ?Several shabby fellows? are identified in this setting which reflects the lower social class facet of society which Tony associates with, the adjective ?shabby? suggests that this is a relatively impoverished group of local country dwellers who, like Tony, are content with drinking ?punch? and smoking ?tobacco?.

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  25. Pozzo & Lucky's Relationship in "Waitng for Godot".

    It is instantly clear that Pozzo?s character is extremely arrogant. He lords over the others, and he is decisive, powerful, and confident. When his character is introduced he refers to the other two as human, but as inferior beings; then he condescendingly acknowledges that there is a human likeness, even though the "likeness is an imperfect one." This image reinforces his authoritarian god-like stance. Pozzo's superiority is also seen in the manner in which he eats the chicken, and then casts the bones to Lucky with an air of complete omnipotence.

    • Word count: 665

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