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    What is the Importance of Alfred Doolittle to Shaw's 'Pygmalion?'

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    His mistress will not marry Doolittle, because that would give him dominion over her. This challenged the middle class view that marriage before sex was the natural order of things. As Doolittle says to Pickering, 'it ain't the natural way; it's the middle class way.' In some ways, Doolittle confirms the social stereotype that the poor are undeserving because they are lazy. Doolittle only works when he has to, otherwise he 'touches pretty nigh everyone for money.' However his attitude to money once again challenges the middle class view. When Higgins offers him �10 rather than �5 he says that 'five pounds is a lot of money, it makes a man feel prudent-like.'

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  • Discuss the importance of stage directions in Miller's "A View from the Bridge" and what they reveal about the character of Eddie Carbone.

    "Eddie does not comprehend his feelings until Beatrice clearly articulates his desires in the conclusion of the play, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" - It doesn't seem like he has known about his secret desires until that moment. He then directs all his anger at Marco and tries to kill him. During the course of the play Eddie changes a lot. He becomes a man who betrays the community from the genuine Italian citizen he began as. Reasons for his downfall are his great Italian pride, his lack of restraint as he always wanted nothing less than everything, such as: Catherine, and Marco to beg in front of the community. But most of all, his loss of directions, he breaks the Code of Conduct so the Code "broke" him. It is ironic because at the beginning Eddie warns his family about the consequences if they snitch on the cousins but he suffered the very same consequences, as Vinny Bolzano did."

  • Discuss how Sharman Macdonald uses effective dramatic devices in the play "After Juliet"

    "In conclusion, Sharman Macdonald uses dramatic devices in "After Juliet" many times. The most effective one I looked at was The Drummer, a pivotal character in the play and one which makes the biggest impact. The reason for this that he controls what goes on. Juliet's present in "After Juliet" is also a good dramatic device as it is quite shocking and surprising to have Juliet in the play, considering she's dead. Gianni and Lorenzo are two characters in the play which aren't too essential, however act as a good dramatic device. The PA acts as an informer about what is going to happen and sets the scene. His part in "After Juliet" is a small one and not vital to the play, however his small speech may help a few members of the audience understand they play. Personally, I didn't enjoy reading the play. I felt it didn't do any justice to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Unlike the original, "After Juliet" didn't seem to cover much."

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