Alan Bennett's Talking Heads Essay

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Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads"

"Talking heads" by Alan Bennett is a collection of monologues in which the audience are showed into the life of a character and given an insight into the character's personality and situation.peoples lives are portrayed in comic ways leaving the audience feeling sympathy and guilt for the character in laughing at their misfortune. Monologues are a long speech made by one person.

This style of script is really effective and has a powerful effect on the audience. These monologues were written for television broadcasting, programmes presented in this way are put under the genre of tragi-comedy. This style of script has a dramatic effect upon the audience because from one statement , several
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The first female priminister Margaret Thatcher came to power which brought about a greater female morale and a breakthrough in women's independencesomething which is clearly evident in Doris' script. Margaret Thatcher is perhaps an inspiring figure influencing the character to bring about change within their own lives alike to the many changes Margaret brought about to England.

Irene is a character who in many ways tried bringing about changes
I.e. through many letters she writes in order to resolve problems that are not involving her. At the beginning of the monologue 'Lady Of
Letters' Irene is portrayed as a character that is a rather concerned, law-abiding and sensitive middle aged citizen, qualities which are frequently associated with a woman of her age. In telling us of her visit to the crematorium no unusual deductions would be made as a lady of this age would undoubtedly encounter a few deaths of friends of a similar age. It also seems justified that she should be annoyed at these irreverent smokers at such a sombre occasion.

However as we learn of her little acquaintance with the deceased, her character unfolds as rather remote and lonely as well as someone who leads a rather uneventful life. "I thought I'd get out my little maroon coat and put in an appearance. At least its an outing" In saying this Irene emphasises her alienation from any social activities also. This
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