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1

‘Joe McGuts.’ Is said by who and what is the importance?

Chris is admiring Joe for his hard-working ethics as a business man.

This ties in with Joe’s self justification and their father/son relationship that is soon to be destroyed.

2

‘When it cracked she ran back into the house and cried in the kitchen.’ Who says this, who is it about and why is it important?

Chris’s Dialogue about Kate.

It references Kate’s fragile mental state

3

What is significant about Kate’s character and how she’s introduced in the play?

She is introduced by other characters perceptions

4

Who says this quote and why is it significant ?
‘I don’t know why it is, but everytime I reach out for something I want I have to pull back because other people will suffer. My whole bloody life, time after time.’

Chris’s Dialogue.

This is significant because it show’s Chris to be disillusioned and bitter - in the shadow of Larry.

5

‘I don’t know why it is, but everytime I reach out for something I want I have to pull back because other people will suffer. My whole bloody life, time after time.’

What page number is this quote on?

Page 16.
Act One.

6

What is significant about the first part of the book when it comes to STAGE DIRECTIONS? What is there a lot off?

There is a lot of pauses and slight pauses which adds to the tension, drama and emotions. It is clipped and broken - sometimes aggressive.

7

What is significant about Joe raising his fist to Chris?

It is a threat of violence - natural for a father to threaten a son.

Note how the violence escalates in the play.

8

‘I don’t understand you, do I?’

Who says this quote to who and why is it significant?

Joe says this to Chris:

It is significant because Chris is a very resilient character mentally and physically for he fought in world war 2.

It could also be significant because there is a generation gap - Joe is happy. However, Chris is not. But Joe doesn’t realise this nor understands.

9

What is important about Kate’s character when it comes to her mental state? How does she act and why?

Kate acts traumatised, unwell... almost delusional. She almost believes she can bring Larry back.

- as long as she believes Larry to be alive he is alive.

10

What is important about Chris’s characterisation when it comes to Kate and Joe?

Chris yields to his parents - he is oppressed by them - first he backs down with Joe’s threat, then back’s down in Kate as she makes him feel guilty.

11

What is another thing that is significant about Kate’s character when it comes to her mental state?

She cuts Joe off - she refuses to acknowledge any element of reality as Ann remaining single is integral to her delusion.

12

What is significant about Kate when it comes to ‘jail’ being mentioned?

She panics - becomes furious.

13

What is the term used to describe Chris’s character and why is he what he is?

Idealistic - since fighting at the frontline in world war two he has seen the best and worst of people.