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  1. Using the attatched passage, The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter, 1960, examine the similarities and differences between the dramatic speech found here and naturally occurring conversation.

    The unconnected information Petey offers to her about 'Someone' in the newspaper presents the fact that Meg is unaware of social format of any nature. 'Oh' presented before or after a pause slows down the pace and represents a break down of conversation and for Meg, imparts a sense of bathos. Petey's voiced filler 'eh' in 'You like a song eh, Meg?' shows a deliberate attempt to be friendly towards Meg, making it apparent to the audience that Petey has an ulterior motif.

    • Word count: 2819

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?

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