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 same time. You have to read between the lines to realise what is really happening in the lives of these troubled people. They never say they are lonely for example but they never talk of any friends or indeed conversation with other people. Graham from "A chip in the sugar" is a middle-aged man who still lives with his mother. He has lived with only a woman all of his life so some female aspects show through in him like doing the house work and the way he looks after his mother he seems to think he is the mother. He has only ever been dressed by his mother so he still wears a plastic Mac, grey socks and sandals, this shows he is almost incapable of looking after himself. There are many signs that he might be a homosexual, there are a lot of references to "his magazine" and when his mother gets angry with him she says " I know the kind of magazines you read" and he replies "chess" then she says "they never are chess. Chess with no clothes ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd talks to them like they are simple, and uses catchphrases to try and get his point across, with Irene when the social workers come round she just thinks all they seem to answer is "me too" which for a person with mental instabilities she needs someone who listens to her and makes her feel as if they do care about her rather than as if her point is insignificant and it happens to everyone. This is how Bennet portrays them, he reveals this contempt for them, satire. I think that Allan Bennett was very clever by using a monologue as you hear one side of the story, if gets your imagination working better because you have to imagine what is really going on and see past the shallow view of the two characters. If we knew the truth and didn't only see what graham and Irene see then it would be uninteresting to read.

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