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  1. Discuss the ways in which Pages 17-19 reveals Pinter's characteristic themes and dramatic techniques in the Birthday Party

    Meg is a simple character and her understanding of items and words appears to be limited. When asking about her fried bread, Stanley responds with the word "succulent". It is clear that Meg understands this to be of some sort of sexual orientation, as she replies saying that he shouldn't say such a word to a married woman. However, when Goldberg and McCann arrive, this position of security is upturned on Stanley as he is, throughout the play due to several scenes of interrogation, broken mentally and is reduced to a quivering wreck. A theme of irony can be drawn here, as Stanley scares Meg with the prospect of men coming in a van, with a

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  2. Lorraine Hansberry, showed readers how Walter lee younger matured into a man. Walter has changed through

    Walter dreams of owning a liquor store, but with out the support of his wife he becomes angry and makes fun of her, in an immature childish way. Moreover, Walter thinks only of himself and possessions. He thinks of he might have proving that he is small-minded. Walter's previous actions have obviously left his wife in doubt. Unmoved by his new dream, Ruth reacts by telling Walter, "Honey you never say something new..." (Hansberry pg.12).

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  3. Blue Remembered Hills. Dennis Potter took the poem and turned it in to a play about a group of children who were on there school holidays in the forest of dean in Gloucester. Potter is asking if childhood is such a land of lost content and is children so

    The first person we meet is Willie who is playing at being a spitfire. Next we meet peter who is a bit of a bully. There is Audrey who is a bit of an ugly tag-along and then there is Angela who is a pretty girl who orders Audrey about. There is also Raymond who has a stutter and John he is a bit of a hero and is number 2 last there is Donald he is a bit of a pyromaniac.

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  4. "By the end of the play, Eliza has benefited from her relationship with Higgins. Discuss."

    Do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages? Throughout her time with Higgins, Eliza immediately became financially viable. She has all the clothes she could ever need, and has her jewellery hired for her. She is always supplied with ten pounds; 'the Colonel thinks you should never go out without ten pounds' (p. 110). This enables her to get taxis when she likes, and to do things without worrying that she hasn't enough money. Her association with Higgins also provided Eliza with a place to stay. She could stay at Higgins home for however long she wanted; 'Eliza, you are to live here' (p.

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  5. Pygmalion. Bernard Shaw was trying to show the people of the early twentieth century that if they tried hard enough then they could also be successful like Eliza.

    As Freddy was leaving Eliza walked into him and then began talking to the two ladies. "Ta-oo bunches o' voylets tod into the mad" which was supposed to be "Two bunches of violets trod into the mud" but Eliza could not speak very well, as she had not had good parents to set an example for her as she was growing up. Mr. Higgins then came in and listened to Eliza talking and she thought he was a copper's nark - a police informant - and imagined he thought she was a woman of the streets whereas he was just a voice expert.

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  6. The Long The Short & The Tall

    He called Banforth 'lad' instead of by his name. I formed the impression that he is vindictive. In reply Banforth is disrespectful to Johnstone. Johnstone allows Banforth to rile him. A good corporal should be able to remain calm unlike Johnstone who is quick to lose his temper. Banforth does not like Johnstone at all, as he is rude to him and treats him with lack of respect. Johnstone is unable to command respect from his men. Mitchem commands respect by being respectful and fair to the men. When Johnstone tells Banforth, 'Get your pack on' Banforth glances across to Mitchem, to indicate if he should.

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  7. With reference to the way OCasey presents the members of the Boyle family in Juno and the Paycock, how far do you agree that they attempt to escape their poverty?

    Mary?s judgement of men is clouded by her poverty. She chooses Bentham over Jerry because Bentham can offer her a more comfortable life, even though Jerry probably would have treated her better. However, this method to escape her poverty backfires on her and she ends up in a worse situation than she was before ? unmarried and pregnant. Every step Mary takes to void her poverty inevitably brings her one step closer to it. Mary tries to influence her father into working as well, even though she is on strike.

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  8. Comparing the characters of Walter Mitty and Billy Liar.

    However, as the readers reach the sections where the characters are both hurled back into reality, they conceive the fact that the characters were only in their fantasy worlds. ??Not so fast! You are driving too fast!? said Mrs. Mitty.? This quote indicates that Mitty is hurled back into the real world with the calling of his wife, who is warning him to slow the speed of the car which Mitty imagines to be a hydroplane in war. The readers could derive that Mitty?s daydreams occur unintentionally as he has no control over them.

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  9. How does McDonagh make Scene 7 in 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' such a dramatic moment in the play?

    I did get what I did want out of Pato Dooley that night, and that was good enough for him, and that was good enough for me?. In this scene, McDonagh uses dramatic irony to great effect. Ray had entrusted Mag with the letter from Pato, telling Maureen that he is still in love with her and asks her to go to America with him. However Mag sees this as a great threat to her, as this would inevitably mean her going to a to an old age home, a fear she proclaims often during the play, ?I?d die before I?d let meself be put in a home?.

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  10. Explain how Arnold Wesker shows the way an everyday situation can turn into a very tense and dramatic one full of conflict in the play Little Old Lady.

    Also ,young people respected old people at that time .Arnold Wesker wanted to show people how society was in the 1980 and how it changed so he wrote a play about how people?s views and values were . The stage directions and the dialogue show that it is everyday situation because the way people are talking to each other. Tracey says ?capital of New Zealand? to Sam. Sam says ?you?re getting really difficult, aren?t you? Then little old lady says ?you don?t know the capital of new Zealand?

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  11. In O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" Show How Far You Would Agree That Captain Boyle is a Stubborn Man

    But we see how temptation gets the better of him when the stage directions tell us that after ?a pause? he ?takes out sausage, puts it in pan.? The pause was used to illustrate his indecision and shows us he is not strong willed enough to not eat at all. However, to make a point, he still refrains from eating the one Juno has cooked for him. As soon as he hears ?steps are approaching? his pig-headedness means he ?whips pan off the fire.? The verb ?whip? is used to convey the sense of urgency felt by Boyle.

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  12. The character of Ziggi Blasko in David Williamsons play, Influence, is portrayed as a negative force throughout much of the play.

    This is primarily how Williamson portrays Ziggi as a negative force for most of the play. The issues that he talks about on his radio show are the ones that Australians are most divided about like ?the working poor?, elites, child criminals and feminists. But the topic that really shows Ziggi?s negative force is the topic of Muslim extremists. Ziggi expresses his racist opinion on air that many Muslims are terrorists and pose a threat to Australia?s national security. This is a prime example of Ziggi?s negative force in the play. Ziggi has a lot on influence on the public due to his radio show, yet the opinions he expresses are racist and these opinions shift over to public who listen to his show.

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  13. "Two weeks with the queen" the play by Mary Morris is mainly about a boy who has to grow up and face the responsibilities of an adult.

    The line ?Why wouldn?t the ambulance driver let me in the ambulance? Eh? I?ve never been in an ambulance. Why wouldn?t she?? indicates Colin?s arrogance and unwillingness to listen. At the start of the play Colin is a just an immature child who can?t control his emotions. Colin?s cousin Alistair, lives in England with his overprotective parents. Alistair?s personality is anxious, frightened and extremely dependant. ?Quickest way?s by tube, but it?s pretty dangerous. You have to get in the same carriage as dozens of other people. You can catch cold, or flu, or anything?, this line demonstrates Alistair?s scared and worried personality.

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