Our Day Out. Essay

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In this essay I shall be comparing two characters in the popular 20th century drama play ‘Our Day Out’. It is written by Willie Russell and is based around a school trip from Inner city Liverpool to Conway Castle, Wales. The general plot is how a teacher, Mr Briggs', attitude towards the pupils changes. It is about his conversations with Mrs Kay, as both frequently disagree with each other and always believe they speak for the great majority. Mr Briggs doesn't care what the children's opinions are, and just wants to educate them so that they will go as far in life as they can. He has a reputation as a strict teacher and has been sent by the head teacher to ‘try and keep things in some kind of order’ which gives me the impression that even the head teacher has no respect for Mrs Kay's teaching methods.Firstly, I am going to describe Mrs Kay’s and Mr Briggs’s relationship with the pupils. Mrs Kay is a very easy-going teacher. She is a mature woman aged around fifty. She draws from her many years of experience working with children well, and her general attitude is very laid back. Mrs Kay thinks the children should be allowed freedom and enjoys being on the same level as them having a friendly attitude and a laugh with them. Mr Briggs is the opposite of Mrs Kay. Mr Briggs is very strict and cross. He is a lot more formal with the children and believes that shouting at them and disciplining them is important because they were ‘born rejects’, so Mr Briggs is trying to get them somewhere in life. Firstly, I am going to describe Mrs Kay’s and Mr Brigg’s relationship with the pupils. Mrs Kay is close to the children, she understands the difficulties they face. She is warm and friendly and is funny and witty and enjoys laughing with them. Therefore I feel she would have a better relationship with the children. A quote from Reilly is ‘Your Ace Miss!’ Mrs Kay is a kind and sympathetic person. Mr Briggs comes across as a man with no social life, as at the end of the prose he rejects the offer to go out with Mr Kay, Susan and Colin as he had to continue with ‘work’, he also destroyed the camera film so there was no proof he had fun.Secondly, I intend to explore both teachers’ opinions about disciplines. Mrs Kay has a strong belief in the children having a lot of freedom ‘ooh…leave them…They’ll want to stretch their legs and let off a bit of stream’. Her Idea of the class trip was so they could have fun, as they...

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