• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How effective might an audience find the ending to the play?

Extracts from this document...


How effective might an audience find the ending to the play? In the last portion of Act 2, the audience bears witness to Michael's final soliloquy and prior to this there is a reminder of the unsettling and at times disheartening nature of the play. In the last segment of Act 2 we finally witness the outcome of the kite that in the process of being made throughout the play. However the images portrayed on the kite are "crude, cruel and primitively drawn". Descriptions which convey the notion of a sense of unease as the play comes to a close, which is further explored through Michael's final soliloquy. The audience immediately sees the disheartening effectiveness of Friel's implementations of stage directions, as while Michael recites the final lines of dialogue of the play, we see the Mundy sisters "in positions similar to their positions at the beginning of the play" while "Kate cries quietly". ...read more.


The audience could thus see that it was evident that "the heart seemed to go out of the house" along with the rapid change that led to the departure of loved ones in the house. Throughout the play, the audience did indeed see the family's presence in a social imprisonment of sorts, although the love and sense of togetherness amongst them all are what united the characters together and provided them with strength However, this notion is shattered as the ending approaches and Michael reveals how things change for the worse in the family as the "spirit and fun" that the audience very much had the joy to watch and see unfold, was "gone out of their lives". Friel creates a powerful kind of irony by this fascinating and effective device of Michael's narration which allows him to relate the sad ...read more.


Rather than emphasising each of our own inabilities to change the past and prevent change itself from occurring, the play celebrates our need for a past, for memories, and for our need to revisit and reinvent them - all aspects which Friel explores throughout the play, and which produce a sense of closure and conclusion to it in Michael's final words. In conclusion, the final part of Act 2 can definitively be seen as a very effective way to end the play, and through Friel's emphatic sense of anguish and also closure, conveyed, the audience is able to truly feel an emotional resonance with the outcome of the play due to the nature of the characters. The audience can also be left with perceiving the play as an educational and arguably, cautionary tale, in relation the impact of change on people. Furtheremore, ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Brian Friel section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Brian Friel essays

  1. What do you find of significance in Friel's presentation of the world of the ...

    awareness of the dying way of life that many of the characters are involved with. At the time that the play is set, hedge-schools were dying out as National schools were being introduced in Ireland. National schools were free yet the students were taught in English whereas hedge-schools were taught

  2. Turn to Act two, scene two and remind yourself of the whole scene. This ...

    We should also notice that it is Maire who takes the initiative and holds out her hand to Yolland. This tells us that she is more strong willed and spirited than Yolland has ever dared to be. Yolland has now won Maire back by the atypical way of saying names.

  1. Commentary on Act 1 of the book Translations by Brian Friel.

    They believed that this was what they smelt before the potatoes went stale. They are talking about the potatoes that are in season. The potato blight hasn't taken place yet however potato famine may be on the way, they are aware of this.

  2. "The British are bad news to the Irish" - "Explore critical views and explain ...

    made of the whole country" Owen never mentioned Lancey's words Majesty's government this is because he thinks that if he tells the hedge school pupils they will be worried and if he said this it sounds more formal than what he said to the pupils.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work