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  1. How effective is the opening scene as an introduction to the whole of the play? The first scene of the play "A taste of Honey" which also can be written as A taste of Happiness is a very good introduction

    Then Helen goes onto say that she can't afford a better house/flat because the one she is in now is all she can afford "It's all I can afford". The flat is "comfortless" and is in Manchester, life in those days for Helen and Jo was quite depressing, morbid and hard to make money as there was not a lot of jobs around especially for a "semi-whore". Helen and Jo are looking for a "Taste of Honey" by trying to find a better job for Helen and a job for Jo so they can make money and get somewhere better to live.

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  2. How does Shelagh Delaney present thechanging facets of Jo's character?

    He takes and the role as caring and protecting Jo and they get on well. Geof brings Helen back to visit Jo, and Helen kicks Geof out. Jo's is the main character in the play; she is the daughter of Helen. She falls for a man called Jimmie who is in the navy, and then he makes her pregnant and goes way leaving her with this black baby. Then she meets Geof who takes on the role of caring for Jo, and then brings back her mother and he leaves.

    • Word count: 479
  3. Explore the mother-daughter relationship in

    You'll soon learn...you're wasting yourself". Helen drinks, she is poor, living off of men putting them before Jo, she is sarcastic and cold when it comes to Jo "I can't bear to be parted from you" and inappropriately shares her sex-life with her daughter but worse of all, she regrets that she has had a child; many of these attitudes make Jo fell disgusted towards her mother, making her even more insecure.

    • Word count: 501
  4. Book Review of Matilda.

    It doesn't end there; when Matilda goes to school she encounters Miss.Trunchbull the wicked principal. The Trunchbull is very strict with her pupils and gives severe punishments some of which include throwing a boy out of the window for eating in class and gripping a girl by her pig tails and dashing her 400 m into the school allotments. At school Matilda becomes very close to her teacher Miss. Honey. Miss. Honey is surprised to see how clever she is for her age group.

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  5. 'A taste of honey' written by Shelagh Delaney in 1959.

    Also if you were living together with someone without being married you would be condemned by society. This could be because then the churches had greater influence on people as more people went to church. The flat that they lived in was an old ruin. "... You can afford something better than this old ruin..." There was no heating and it was freezing, "...God! It's freezing! ..." "... But there's a lovely view of the gas works..." Helen says this so we know that she's got a positive attitude or she's got a sense of humour. They had to share a bathroom with the rest of the tenants that lived in the flats.

    • Word count: 962
  6. What does the audience learn of the lives and relationships of Helen and Jo in the opening scene of "A taste of honey"

    These quotes show that Jo does not respect her mother and what her mother does for her. Jo shows she has no respect for her by calling her Helen instead of Mom. Jo is also self - centred and cheeky to her mom. Jo - "drink, drink, drink that's all your good for." This shows that Jo is cheeky to Helen and Jo Wants to be the only thing in her mothers life. Helen does not listen to Jo.

    • Word count: 461
  7. A Taste of Honey

    In this case he left her pregnant as well which just adds to Jo's problems. At the beginning of the play all Jo could think about is the condition of the flat and Jo's first words were "And I don't like it" as Helen said, "Well this is the place." At the beginning their opinions of the flat are very different as Helen tries to see the better side as Jo just keeps on criticising the flat, which in way brings them closer together rather than further apart, they just need to respect each other more.

    • Word count: 608
  8. ‘A taste of honey’ and ‘My mother said I never should’.

    We know this because the text illustrates lots of aggressive language like "oh, go to hell". Helen has a boyfriend called peter she leaves Jo to live with him, but when she finds out that Jo is pregnant she returns to the flat. When she returns she finds that Jo is living with a young man called Geof. He is a homosexual and peter is quite homophobic so he insults him constantly. We know this because he calls him a pansy. Jo is similar to Jackie in 'My mother said I never should' because they are both young single mothers that have dropped out of college however, they are slightly different too because Jackie, Margaret and her family are middle/upper class opposed to Jo's and Helen's family which are lower/working class.

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  9. ‘A Taste of Honey’

    Jo has left school and was going to work in a pub part-time. The play is 'A Taste of Honey' and I am doing part of Act two scene one where Jo, Helen and Geoff are the main characters. This play is mainly set in Jo and Helen's flat where the time is around the 1950's. Helen and Jo weren't very well off so the flat is in a poor condition. It is dirty and there is a lot of dust. The house looks like it is uncared for because clothes are on the floor and the bed isn't made.

    • Word count: 821

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