Cream Cracker Under The Settee Analysis

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‘Cream Cracker Under the Settee’ is a monologue about a seventy five year old woman named Doris in which we have more of an insight into her true thoughts and feelings. The monologue was was written in 1977 and first performed in 1978 and explores many different themes and ideas which are seen through the eyes of Doris. Doris loves cleaning, she links everything to cleanliness. But she can’t maintain her cleanliness because of her failing health. Instead, a cleaner named Zulema from the social services comes to her house every week to clean for her. Zulema always tries to persuade Doris to move to Stafford house which is an old people’s home, but Doris despises the thought of Stafford house, ‘I don’t want to be stuck with a lot of old lasses’, this is humorous as she is an aged old aged lady herself, just like the people in Stafford house. She doesn’t consider herself as one of those ‘old lasses’. It’s as if throughout the play she is making gradual steps in deciding to die. She regrets not having children because her husband has died and now she feels isolated and lonely, as she doesn’t know many people anymore. She is scared of…show more content…
It sometimes ‘drags on’ which can bore the audience. He attempts to overcome this by using humour, sarcasm, pathos and other dramatic features. These are successful because the play is really emotive and intense. I think ‘A Cream Cracker Under The Settee’, is an effective play in performance. Throughout the play we see everything through Doris’ perspective and viewpoint, which makes us a sympathising audience. The dramatisation at the ending of the play is really emotive and it enables the audience to imagine how life was for Doris when she was a child. At the end of the play, the light doesn’t instantly go dark. It fades, which symbolises death, but it can also imply the fact that she dies peacefully, remembering her happiest

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