Bennett's Characterisation of Graham in A Chip in the Sugar and Irene in A Lady of Letters

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Bennett's Characterisation of Graham in A Chip in the Sugar and Irene in A Lady of Letters Allan Bennett wrote a series of six monologues for television in 1987. We have been concentrating on two of these, "A chip in the sugar" and "A lady of letters". Even though the two stories are different there are many similarities between the characters, both characters are lonely and isolated from most human contact, with the exception of Grahams mother and Irene's social workers. Bennett wrote the stories in monologue form, which makes them interesting to read because they are written fully from the point of view of the main character and are therefor very biased bringing tragedy and comedy at the…show more content…
There are also very strong signs of him being mentally ill, there are clues like; he attends a support group, he attends a day centre, takes medication and he used to live in a hostel. When Mr Turnbull (Graham's mothers old friend) is talking to Grahams mother (but actually aiming it at Graham) he says "I don't believe in mental illness" instead of saying something that he might regret he used silence as a defence mechanism. The comment that Mr Turnbull made is another indication of Graham's mental illness. Graham and his mother are very close, as the first thing written in " a chip in the sugar" is that he has taken up a cup of tea for her and is swilling her teeth. He takes her out every day to visit he war memorial and held a bucket for her when she was being sick. He cares about her a lot; this is particularly because she is the only person he has. Graham thinks he is really clever, he tries to educate his mother "she's picked up enough from me to be able to hold her own in up to the minute issues." But in actual fact he himself is not particularly clever. A particular thing that annoys graham about his mother is that when he "slips" his arm through hers to help her cross the road she purposely hesitates to remove her arm. She does this because they were once mistaken for husband and wife, this obviously upset graham because she is his mother and he would not

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