Shirley Valentine Essay

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Shirley Valentine Why why do you get all this life when it ca not be used? Why - why do y'get.. all these..feelin's an'dreams an'hopes if they can't ever be used?" This is the question Shirley Valentine, an English housewife and mother, asks herself. After her children have left home, her only purpose in life is getting dinner ready in time for her grumbling husband who has long ceased to love her. Having nobody she can trust, Shirley has started to tell her dreams and worries to the kitchen wall on which many a witty comment has been wasted.In a moment of revolt she feeds the mince meat she just bought for dinner to her employer's bloodhound which has been brought up as a strict vegetarian. For her, the look on the dog's face when it tastes meat for the first time justifies the trouble she will have to put up with at home, when she serves anything but the accustomed meat. She has not expected, however, that her husband would push the plate with the food on her lap and go to a Chinese take-away. She is so upset by his behavior that in spite of her pangs of conscience she accepts an ivitation from her best friend, Jane, to accompany her on a two-week's holiday to Greece. The holiday at the Mediterranean coast means to her the fulfillment of the long cherished dream to drink a glass of wine in the land where the grape grows.As she knows that her family would try to talk her out...

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