The Winslow Boy Critical Evaluation

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In “The Winslow Boy” by Terence Rattigan uses certain scenes to build up dramatic tension. This is particularly true in Act 1, scene 2 where Sir Robert Morton is interrogating Ronnie Winslow. “The Winslow Boy” is about Ronnie Winslow who is a cadet in the royal naval college. He is expelled for a crime for a crime of theft that he didn’t commit. After months of trying to fight the case alone, Arthur Winslow- Ronnie’s father-decides to employ Sir Robert Morton who is the best KC in the country at a great expense of his family. Sir Robert Morton takes the case to the House of Lords, then to court when Ronnie’s innocence is finally proven. Dramatic tension is a strained atmosphere. This means the audience and the characters involved would feel the tension aswell. There are many techniques that Terence Rattigan uses to build up tension. One of these techniques is dialogue, which is important in Act 1 Scene 2. The conversation starts off really slowly and relaxed but as the interrogation continues Sir Robert Morton starts to fire out questions more frequently and the pace speeds up. As this happens it flusters Ronnie and muddles him up so his answers are rushed and nervous. Also within the dialogue he starts to interrupt Ronnie before he gets to finish the sentence and this also gets Ronnie flustered. An example of this is: RONNIE: All right. Well, it was a half-holiday, so we didn’t have any work after dinner- SIR ROBERT: Dinner? RONNIE: Yes. At one o’clock. Until prep. at seven- SIR ROBERT: Prep. at seven? RONNIE: Yes. Just before dinner I went to the Chief Petty Officer and asked him to let me have fifteen and six out of what I had in the College bank- In this particular piece of dialogue Ronnie is cut off by Sir Robert and you can see this by the dashes after Ronnie starts speaking. We know Rattigan does this because if Ronnie was to be lying Sir
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