"Talking heads" by Alan Bennett is a collection of monologues in which
the audience are showed into the life of a character and given an
insight into the character's personality and situation.peoples lives
are portrayed in comic ways leaving the audience feeling sympathy and
guilt for the character in laughing at their misfortune. Monologues
are a long speech made by one person.
This style of script is really effective and has a powerful effect on
the audience. These monologues were written for television
broadcasting, programmes presented in this way are put under the genre
of tragi-comedy. This style of script has a dramatic effect upon the
audience because from one statement , several emotions arise, for
example Irene writing to someone informing them that their wife is a
prostitute it is comic that she would care to write a letter about
something that does not concern her of this sort of information but in
another way it displays pathos because she is has enough time to spare
to have such an interest in finding out information such as this.
The talking heads monologues often give an exaggerated story largely
influenced by the environment and era in which the characters live in.
For example Doris' jaded views of nursing homes which are perhaps
stereotypically nursing homes from the era in which she brought up in.
This cynical view also emphasises the lack of respect in the ironic
way that an elderly person has been influenced by negative views of
the older generation.
Within this essay I am going to analyse the talking heads scripts and
bring about my point of views as well as also using my background
knowledge on the era and several other topics which seem to o...
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...eotype people which displays
irony as they fit into 3 groups of people which are well known to be
stereotyped: porn stars, o.a.p's and interfering busy-bodies. "When I
saw his vest it had electrician written all over it." Lesley says on
meeting a man with a tattoo. I think these stereotypical associations
are made due to their ignorance towards different cultures, classes
As a conclusion to this essay I feel that Alan Bennett has created
these monologues effectively through the use of pathos which is
present through all the monologues. He enforces feeling brought about
by the pathos with metaphors as well as cliché phrases.The television
episodes are simple but effective in setting an atmosphere appropriate
to the monologue. He brings the characters to a level which we can all
relate to in some way which makes the impact of tragedy far deeper.
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