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Transcript of 'Dags'
-The Central Conflicts
Throughout the play, there are many personal conflicts going on 'inside' Gillian's head;
Lack of self-confidence
'Dags' was written by Debra Oswald
Dags explores the troubles within adolescence from the point of view of a young teenage girl- Gillian.
The play explores many conflicts: Family, Social, Interpersonal
Peer pressures shown include;
Pressure to be 'popular' or to be with a popular group
"...One problem with Wendy is that she always wanted to be in a group, a clique. I could never see why we needed to have some clique of goony girls to hang around, but I went along with it anyways"
Pressure to have a boyfriend
"..And she's never been out with boys. She's sixteen for Chris-sakes, I mean, most sixteen-year olds have boyfriends...".
Uses dramatic monologue to describe and communicate the stereotypical 'social behavior
" They spend most of their time ripping each other apart, ganging up on weak kids, playing musical boyfriends and all that stuff."
Using the style of melodrama, to clearly communicate the stereotypes
. E.g.- Adam &Karen's characterization.
The use of the 'now' colloquial language to describe the characters opinions of peers
"Sex Kittens and Spunk rats"
Oswald shows 3 main social conflicts:
Social stereotypes within groups- cliques
Relationship with peers, including boys
Social Conflict :
Within 'Dags' many family issues are raised, such as:
Lack of communication
Disinterest in parenting
Differences between Gillian and Bronwyn
Differences between Gillian and Bronwyn
Whilst there is no obvious pressure on Gillian, there is a 'silent' pressure to be like her sister, shown by the differences in the two characters
Gillian is shown through the use of stage direction and monologue as a lazy, unmotivated character, unhappy with herself.
- "Errgh....why am i such a pathetic human being?", '...Gillian groans and heaves herself of the bed..'
Again, stage directions show Bronwyn's 'superior' character
- '...Bronwyn appears in an immaculate running suit....generally going through her paces with polished ease....she takes off the tracksuit... folds it up precisely and neatly.........she inspects her body in the mirror with a detached, almost professional interest
Throughout the text, Gillian's character shows self-loathing, through:
Monologue and dramatic language:
I guess your all wondering why I've got this paper bag on my head, it's coz I'm ugly, hideous...'
Characterization shows her habits and coping mechanism, i.e.
Lack of Self-Confidence
Gillian has very low self-esteem, shown through techniques:
Monologue with dramatic language -
' Errgghh... Why am I such a pathetic human being?...
Can also see growth in Self-Esteem;
the end scene.
Debra Oswald uses many dramatic techniques to communicate social, family and interpersonal conflicts within this naturalistic comedy.
Throughout 'Dags', Gillian overcomes challenges and grows as a person. And maybe Oswald's over-the-top, melodramatic story will help teenagers relate and face the ' Terrible, painful time..' that is adolescence.
-We've Made it
Gillian's lack of self-confidence is shown through;
Style of melodrama using dramatic language and monologue:-
'..I felt so crummy this morning I couldn't face going to school. Full-scale ack-attack- face like a relief map of Switzerland, you know....'
Stage Directions- using dramatic words like
drags, heaves and slumps.
Disinterest in Parenting
Representation of parents behavior;
- Parents are dummies
'Sympathy's never been Mum's forte
- Dad's behavior; '.....Bronwyn and me call him The Black Hole. 'Cos he's this dirty great mass of nothing sucking energy out of everything around him. If you hear someone sucking their teeth or grunting occasionally, you know its Dad..."
Stage directions show that the Gillian and her sister are more involved than the parents
They control the dummies
Lack Of Communication
Lack of communication represented in different ways;
Characterization of the parents ;
The way Bronwyn's character is written. Superior.
Stage Directions; Bronwyn appears in an immaculate running suit.....goes through her paces with polished ease....she inspects her body in a mirror with detached, almost professional interest...".
Throughout the play, the troubles within relationships are shown;
The missing link which makes a 'real friendship' e.g- Gillian and Monica. Shown through dialogue and irony.
-"Monica isn't really a friend. More like an ally. A fellow cripple.."
Manipulation or inequality within a relationship. E.g.-
Wendy's treatment of Gillian.