A Cream Cracker under the Settee: Dramatic Monologue by Alan Bennett

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A Cream Cracker Under The Settee is a dramatic monologue written by Alan Bennett in 1987 for television, as part of his Talking Heads series for the BBC. In A Cream Cracker Under the Settee Alan Bennett has addressed the issue of elderly people in our society and how they are treated by others. It revolves 75-year old Doris on an ordinary day in her house. The play begins after her fall from the buffet and her reflecting on the events that led up to it. The reason the writer uses a monologue is to emphasis to the readers that 'Doris' (the narrator) is totally alone and this play tries to emphasis how elderly people are neglected in society and people see them as a problem. This play in mainly about a old woman called 'Doris' and she talks about how society in thinking of old people as not as important in the world and old people being second class citizens. This play was written in 1987 and at that time new technology was being introduced and old people were feeling out of place in society because they felt they could not keep up. Moreover the message that the writer tries to tell us is why old people don't have as much respect as they used to and why they are neglected compared to the new generations.

The issue of treatment of the elderly are often discussed as it is seen as quite a sensitive issue that is commonly sidestepped. This could possibly be due to the fact that the vast majority of young and/or middle-aged people fear growing old in our society because people associate it with the loss of your life, your happiness and your dignity . Cream Cracker reflects many of these fears as Doris is shown to be alone and slightly pitiful in her life. This is how many people see what will happen towards the ends of their lives but do not want to acknowledge this fact. Although old age should perhaps be seen as a time to impart wisdom and past experiences upon the younger generation it is actually seen as a time where you can no longer

Doris is a tragic...
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