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How does Bennett create sympathy for Doris in "A cream cracker under the settee"?

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YR 11: Twentieth Century Drama GCSE Coursework How does Bennett create sympathy for Doris in "A cream cracker under the settee"? Bennett creates lots of sympathy for Doris by talking about her past quite a lot. This makes the audience feel very sorry for Doris by talking about her still born child. "The Midwife said he wasn't fit to be called anything and asked if we had any newspaper?" This builds up more sympathy for her because of the way that people treated her dead son like it was nothing. Bennett uses her emotion to bring in sympathy aswell. Bennett also creates sympathy for Doris by talking about the way she's been treated by other people in the play. ...read more.


E.G "I never get a bona fide caller. Couple came round last week. Braying on the door. They weren't bona fide callers, they had a Bible. I didn't go. Only opened the letterbox and started shouting about Jesus. "Good News," they kept shouting "Good news." They left the gate open, never mind good news. They ought to get their priorities right. They want learning that on their instruction course. Shouting about Jesus and leaving gates open. It's hypocrisy is that." This proves that she is very lonely and she isn't used to the people this day and age. In the play Bennett creates sympathy for Doris by talking about Doris herself. He does this by letting us get to know her by her personality and through her sense of humour E.G " They even mix up your teeth. ...read more.


And makes us start to dislike Zulema. Another way in which Bennett brings sympathy for Doris is the situation in which she is in. due to her leg not working properly and her being unable to get any help what so ever. E.G " Feels funny this leg. Not there." And "ill make a move in a minute. See if I cant put the kettle on. Come on leg. Wake up." Also "I can nip this leg and nothing." And "this one's going numb now. Come on Dad. Come on, numby leg." Her constant persuasion about her leg makes the audience want to be there to help Doris. Because if you imagine yourself in such a position with only being able to use only your hands and arms to move and being all alone and nobody there to help you walk. This brings more and more sympathy to Doris. ...read more.

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