The Differences in Attitudes of Billy and Geoffrey in Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

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The Differences in Attitudes of Billy and Geoffrey in Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse "Billy Liar" was originally a novel written by Keith Waterhouse. In the late fifties/early sixties, Waterhouse collaborated with Willis Hall to turn the novel into a play. It is about a boy called Billy Fisher, his life, relationships, attitudes and lies. The story takes place on one Saturday in the Fisher household. During the late 1950's, teenagers were gaining more responsibility. For the first time, it was them who had to support the family as many adults were killed during the war. As they had jobs, teenagers had their own money to spend. This created businesses aimed at teenagers. Teenagers were starting…show more content…
Also, for the first time, the younger generation could speak their mind. They no longer had to keep quiet at the fear of being punished. This created more arguments within families. When children were told off before, they would keep quiet and accept their punishment, but now, they were arguing back. This made the parents jobs more difficult - and was seen as rude, disrespectful and unacceptable. All of this is incorporated into 'Billy Liar' in a way that is understandable, especially to teenagers of the time. It was one of the first plays that young people could relate to and feel part of. This play is known as a 'kitchen sink drama' as it is set in one family home and reflects what was happening in families and societies at the time it was written. The two main characters are Billy and Geoffrey. Billy is a nineteen-year-old boy, son of Geoffrey and Alice Fisher, who wants freedom. He is sarcastic, rude and unappreciative: "I gather that he who should burn the raincoat is father and he who should get dressed of a morning is my good self. Why do you always address all your remarks to the sideboard, Grandmother?" (Act1, lines 117-120) He has no respect for anything and he doesn't seem to care about anything. Billy uses lies to make himself sound interesting and to get out of trouble. He is dirty and 'slightly built'. Geoffrey is Billy's dad. He is in his early fifties and

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