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  1. Write about Yosser (the main character) from series 4 ('Yosser's Story') of Alan Bleasdale's 'Boy's from the black stuff'.

    It shows he is not really that bothered about it. Yosser is then fired from this job so in anger he storms off, whilst yelling out abuse he knocks down his pathetic excuse for a wall and storms off with his three children who also went to work with him. This behaviour shows us he is very arrogant. Yosser feels like he does not need anyone else to help him and so it's as if he is walking away from the job rather the job walking away from him.

    • Word count: 976
  2. Property law report - Whether Carol has rights in the property

    Gissing v Gissing3 provides a good example that any financial contributions will lead to the inference of a common intention.(Burns v Burns)4. In Diwell and Farnes5, an unmarried couple bought a house in the man's name with the aid of a mortgage loan, to the repayment to which the woman regularly contributed. It was held that this raised a presumption of an intention that she should have an interest proportionate to her contributions. The facts of Diwell are similar to those of Carol, and if followed, Carol would have an interest in the flat.

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  3. 'Our Day Out' - Choose three incidents in the play, which you consider to be comic. Show how Russell has created good comedy out of the characters, events and dialogue in your chosen scenes.

    He wrote 'Our Day Out' during the seventies. 'Our Day Out' is set in an inner-city comprehensive school whose catchment area is deprived and where there are many poor or single parent families with high unemployment and few opportunities for young people leaving school, 'Our Day Out' focuses on the "Progress Class's" day out. Even in that area they are underachievers, have low reading ages, poor academic abilities and little chance of passing any examinations. Willy Russell uses this to deal with a range of issues, such as the failure of schools to develop pupils, and the inequality of opportunity.

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  4. How effective and realistic is Willy Russell's presentation of the school trip in 'our day out'?

    However some of the events within the play are obviously taken a step further for comic value. This reminds us that this is a play, and therefore can not ever be completely realistic, and must be given a certain amount of poetic licence. There are four teachers present on the outing: Mrs. Kay, Mr. Briggs and two younger teachers, Colin and Susan. Mrs. Kay is the teacher of the remedial class - ironically called the "Progress" class. I think she is an unusual teacher because of her attitudes and beliefs, but nonetheless believable and her character is consistent.

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  5. How Does Willy Russell Make Scenes 5 And 35 Effective In

    Mrs Kay describes the area on which the students have been brought up in in many of her quotes when talking to Mr Brigg's about why she is going to give them a nice day out "These children are born for factory work", "There's nothing to do for them around here, any of them". I think Willy Russell's message is that at the time Liverpool was a city of no hope and no ambition and that all students apart from the lucky ones could have no hope because they were born for factory work or other low paid work.

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  6. Why is Yosser so special in Yosser story?

    problems, mental issues, he's in debt, he is receiving no dole money, he feels as if its him Vs the world and that everyone is out to get him, his house gets repossessed and he is separated from his wife. In Yosser's Story, Alan Bleasdale uses language for a dramatic and entertaining effect. Yosser's words and catchphrases give a hint as to how desperate he has become, for example he continually says "giz a job", this shows how hopeless Yosser has become, he could do simple jobs, but is not being given the chance to and is just being told

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  7. Our Day Out - character study of Mr Briggs

    teachers can get the children on the bus without him seeing and she tells him about what they go through but she exadurates to win him over to the childrens side and feel sorry for them and she succeeds. She knows what she was doing because when the young teacher Susan asks what did she say she said she lied. "Lied like hell of course." She knows very well that they have got sweets and drinks. When the children and teachers hear he is coming along on the trip they are disappointed because they know he will ruin the day because hes grumpy and they dont like him and he will spoil the day.

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  8. Back in the Playground Blues

    I imagine that the incident takes place in a poor community, because the children do not look as if they were mimed and a rich parent probably wouldn't trust the principal when she said that it prepares them for life. He also comments on the walls of the playground and says that it was broken and dusty, as if no one was taking care of the playground. The fact that he gives the impression that all the kids hated the "Killing Ground" also suggests that it takes place on a poor community because if it was on a rich one

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  9. The headmaster says that Mrs Kay regards education as being like

    By doing this he destroyed all the achievement he had made that day. Clearly all the things that happened on that day where written in Willy Russell's play. Mrs Kay is the teacher of the progress class and is the leader of the day out. Mrs kay is first presented as a woman who wants to organize the children. The audiences first impression of Mrs Kay is that she is a very generous person and likes the kids, an example of this is when Reilly asks Mrs kay if he can come with them to the trip and she tells him to ask his form teacher who is Mr Briggs.

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  10. Our Day Out - Analyse the cliff scene in detail showing how Russell uses dramatic impact to reveal character and convey his views

    The play is about a progress class, which consists of children who are not very intelligent. They are in the progress class, as they do not have very high standards and are below average when it comes to intelligence. Their teacher is Mrs Kay. She is taking the progress class to Conwy castle in Wales for a day trip. The play is emphasising how run down and poor the children are and how when they go on a trip it's really exciting and they become extremely vigorous.

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  11. Our Day Out, by Willy Russell - review

    "But Progress Class, we're very lucky today to have Mr Briggs with us..." Clearly here she is reinforcing that the class is the progress class, whereas Briggs would refer to the class as 'kids'. However Mr Briggs is the opposite to Mrs Kay and is portrayed at the beginning of the play as 'the bad guy' and 'nasty' man. However this is only because of his strictness and intolerance of bad behaviour. Whilst this is seen as harsh and bad natured, Briggs speaks to the children as though they were a class of his own - a higher-level class.

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  12. 'Our Day Out' - How does Russell interest us in the characters of Carol and Briggs? How are comedy and tragedy used to good effect in the play?

    This shows us that Carol doesn't have a very high opinion of herself and she has a low self-esteem. On the bus, Carol sits by Mrs Kay, the Progress Class' teacher. As she looks out at the passing Liverpool, she says to her teacher: "Isn't it horrible, eh, miss." She goes on to explain that she doesn't like living in Liverpool, with the 'dirt'. She explains that she likes the 'nice' places, with the trees and gardens. She asks Mrs Kay whether she would be able to live in a 'nice place' when she's older. There's a pause, while Mrs Kay looks for an appropriate answer, because she probably knows that Carol will end up living in poverty, like her parents, unable to afford many luxuries.

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  13. Our day out-essay.

    Carol has her arm linked through Mrs. Kay's and is snuggled up to her, they look more like mother and daughter than teacher and pupil.. This shows how much Mrs. Kay is more than a teacher. Our very first impression on Mr.Briggs is not very good because in scene 1 les says about Mr .Briggs "arrogant get that one is," this is telling us from the very start that Mr. Briggs is disliked and is very different form Mrs. Kay who is liked as Reilly says to her "your ace miss."

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  14. Our day out by Willy Russell - review

    "There will be no more smoking if I stay up here, will there?" Here Briggs uses a stern tone. Russell uses this as a rhetorical question because really Briggs is telling them that they won't smoke. Later on Russell uses the scene when Briggs and andrews are having a conversation to accentuate the children's problems. And convey how Briggs doesn't understand the children's situations. "You said 'when he comes home', I thought you meant he was away a lot" This shows that Briggs isn't used to the way the children have been brought up. Their situation and upbringings are a real contrast in comparison his because he has obviously been brought up differently.

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  15. In 'Our Day Out', with whom does Willy Russell intend the audience to sympathise and identify, Mrs Kay or Mr Briggs?

    They are both the main characters and they are total opposites of one another. Mr Briggs plays a really important part in this play because at first the audience are turned against him by the way he is so horrible with the kids, for instance when he was on the coach he shouted at the kids to sit down . In the middle of the play the audience start to like him because he starts to loosen up, lets the kids go to the fair and he really enjoys himself.

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  16. Our Day Out - review.

    She is laid back and quite informal, she has fun with the children and tries to help them. Section 2 As an audience our first impression of Mr Briggs is to dislike him. Willy Russel introduces a funny lollipop man called Les right at the beginning of the play. As he is nice to Carol and won't let her cross the road in case she hurt herself the audience are instantly taken to him and instantly like him. Because we like Les anyone who Les doesn't like the audience therefore doesn't like. Les shows the fact that he doesnt like Mr Briggs when he stops Mr Brigg's car to allow Carol to cross and calls him an 'Ignorant get.'

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  17. What Does Brian Caswell want to tell the reader about Being Different In the novel, A Cage of Butterflies?

    From this quote we can see that the kids, before coming to the Think-Tank, tried to fit in by pretending to be something that they weren't just to be accepted. Greg also says "I guess that's why most of us don't mind it here, it's a place where we don't have to pretend to be anything but what we are." The kids feel comfortable and safe in the Think-Tank because they feel that they don't have to pretend to be something they're not, they don't have to 'live a lie.'

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  18. The play

    Some of the kids on the trip in "Our Day Out" had never seen the sea and wouldn't have know what it was if they hadn't been on that trip. I think that all pupils who have never been to the sea, a museum, or a gallery should be given the chance to go so that they can experience the same as everyone else. All trips nowadays are thought to be dangerous and teachers must fill in lots of forms and make justifications and assurances just to take pupils out on a simple trip to a museum.

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  19. Our Day Out - review.

    At the core lies contrast between Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs and there respective education philosophies.MrsKay is a relaxed and easy going person where as Mr Briggs is a very strict and a man arable person This also shows the clashes between the two characters and in which each makes it clear what they think of each other and their values. These characters are deliberately made opposite to each other to make the play interesting and it hasn't done anything to make them change.

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  20. How important is it that "Our Day Out" has multiple settings?

    Russell has also tackled some serious issues in the play, prejudice and discrimination, for example. Even the teachers that teach the children are guilty of this. We see even warm characters such as Mrs Kay reflecting on these poor children's futures, "most of them were born for factory fodder". She is saying this because they come from a poor background, and she is making the assumption that they will grow up to be failures. Mr Briggs is continually disrespectful towards them; he shows no respect or any sign of professionalism towards them.

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  21. Willy Russell's sole purpose in 'Our Day Out' is to make his audience laugh. Do you agree?

    The main two adult characters in this play are Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs. Mrs Kay is an older teacher, in her forties, and teaches the children in the progress class so understands them better than Mr Briggs does. Mr Briggs is a younger, much stricter teacher. He does not like the children very much and believes they should be strictly disciplined. On this trip Mr Briggs wants the children to get educated, whereas Mrs Kay believes they should just have fun because they do not have much of a life ahead of them.

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  22. Making clear reference to the critics show your view of Carol and John's relationship in the David Mamet play "Oleanna". Is he a victim of Carol's malice or his own inadequacy?

    explains "She goes to her professor for help who sympathises with her frustration. He lectures her of his own frustration that he felt as a student" which shows even when he agrees to hear to Carol's problems he continues to talk about himself and how he had those problems bringing the intention back to himself "John: Yes. And, and perhaps my problems are, do you see? Similar to yours." This shows although John believes he is helping Carol with her problem, the word similar shows it isn't the same problem but just John talking about his own problem, Johns ignorance to what Carol is talking about is a part of his downfall.

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  23. Our Day Out.

    It is very clear from the beginning that Mrs Kay supports the children. She supports them in the way that she does because she knows that these children have no real chance in life and therefore feels sorry for them so she tries to support them as much as she can. These children will probably end up on the 'dole' or stuck in a dead end job so Mrs Kay tries to make sure that there is at least one happy time in their lives (the trip), as their lives will probably be filled with misery.

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  24. Compare the characters of Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs from Willie Russell's 'our day out' Whose styles of teaching do You think is best for the progress class?

    Willie Russell has made her to be, for the children and totally on their side. However Mr Briggs has a completely different approach to teaching and I doubt he has any respect for the children views and opinions. Whereas Mrs Kay seems younger in the book but appears older in the film, Mr Briggs seems older in the book but appears younger in the film. Also in both book and film his teaching styles are of an old teacher, he is very strict and old fashioned.

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  25. Look at the Way Tension is Built up in Scene 35. Examine the Characters of Mr. Briggs and Carol Chandler and Explain how Language adds to the Dramatic Effect of this Scene.

    The teachers that are meant to accompany the trip are Susan Colin and Mrs. Kay but the head teacher doesn't trust Mrs. Kay and sends Mr. Briggs to accompany them "I don't want to be unprofessional but I get the feeling that she sees education as one long game." The teachers on the trip don't want Mr. Briggs on the trip in much the same way that Mr. Briggs doesn't want to be on it either. "He's come to keep an eye on us." "Make sure we don't enjoy ourselves." Throughout the play a conflict between Mr. Briggs and Mrs.

    • Word count: 2056

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